Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Fellowship (Part 7)
Your Inner Circle
Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
Matthew 17:1 (NKJV)
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NKJV)
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)
If 'Friendship with the world is enmity with God' (James 4:4), then Jesus didn't aim to win a popularity contest. 'If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first' (John 15:18). Like a lightening rod, Jesus stood in a storm of controversy.
He was scorned by His kin, hunted by His priests, and rejected by early believers: 'Many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more' (John 6:66).
Because storms blow away the hype to reveal the heart.
Therein, true friends are forged in fire, tested by time, and proven in peril. Consider the advice of America's first president: 'Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence' (George Washington).
For Jesus, those few became Peter, James and John, His inner circle. They were singled out to witness three major moments: 1) The raising of Jairus' daughter; 2) The Transfiguration of Jesus, and 3) His prayer in Gethsemane.* Why them? What qualified them to be their Master's chosen confidantes? **
Among the twelve, they were His boldest believers. Peter stepped out of the boat, proclaimed His divinity, and showed strong initiative. He wasn't always right, but he was bold.
Jesus called James and John 'Sons of Thunder.' They wanted to raze a village in Samaria and reserve top seats in Heaven. Neither request was granted, but their passion for Christ was evident.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Seek God first. Then seek an inner circle of friends who believe in your calling and will work to help you achieve it. Look for passion. Because casting your pearls before swine is a costly mistake.
To Be Continued...
* 1. The Raising of Jairus' Daughter (Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56).
* 2. The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-10, Luke 9:28-36)
* 3. The Prayer in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42).
** Interesting Inner Circle articles: https://www.probe.org/christs-inner-circle/; http://watchmanmag.com/2011/10/21/peter-james-and-john/
** Short article, Sons of Thunder: http://www.gotquestions.org/sons-of-thunder.html
*** Previous AMTC Devotion: Be Wholehearted: http://amtcdevotions.org/be-wholehearted
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Fellowship series.