The Three “Ds”-A Conceited Person

There are different ways that a conceited person can damage a local church. John, in his third epistle, writing under inspiration, describes one such person. “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church” (Verses 9-10). He wanted to be in charge; to have control. This is not an example of a servant’s heart. He was proud to the extent that he rejected Godly leadership, even the Apostle John’s leadership. He even said hateful things about John and others. He wouldn’t receive the brethren. It seems to be implied that he wanted no one around who might interfere with his plans and position. He had gained enough control of that church to forbid others to receive the brethren. In fact, he had enough power to kick those people, who didn’t do what he wanted them to do, out of the church. How a church needs to be on guard! They need to recognize this kind of danger and “nip it in the bud.” This kind of power grab can divide and disrupt a church and damage its testimony in the area. John said he would remember Diotrephes’ behavior, evidently with an eye to doing something about it. Thank God for those who can salvage a church that allows such things to develop, and do it God’s way. If only Diotrephes had had the desires expressed by Charles H. Gabriel in “More Like the Master” when he wrote, “More like the Master I would ever be, more of His meekness, more humility; more zeal to labor, more courage to be true, more consecration for work He bids me do,” how much damage that early Christian assembly would have been spared! Selah! Probably Diotrephes was one of the “tares” that Jesus spoke of; if he was “wheat” it would be even more tragic.   Ron

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