“Gaius mine host, and of the whole church” (Romans 16:23).
There are five mentions of Gaius in the New Testament. He was a Christian from Corinth who had been baptized by the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 1:14). He travelled with Paul in his service for the Lord (Acts 20:4). In so doing, he suffered persecution at Ephesus (Acts 19:29). The Apostle John later writes him a short letter of encouragement and exhortation, referring to him as “the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth” (3 John, verse 1)
In the above verse, he is mentioned as Paul’s host and the host of the whole church. Paul often named individuals with a commendation of some kind. One of the characteristics that God views with pleasure is that of a believer being hospitable. When we open our homes to other Christians, we can be assured that we are doing God’s service. Many of my readers live with their parents. The next time they open their home and have company over, be there to help and to encourage. You will find it will not only be a blessing to those who are invited, but it will be a blessing to you as well.