And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James.
Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John, and brought them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them.
On certain occasions and assignments, Jesus invited just three apostles to accompany Him and witness them. Peter, James and John. So why only three?
We know they spoke up with bold ideas. John was 'The Disciple Whom Jesus loved' (John 13:23). Peter was chosen to head His new church.
Perhaps the dividing line was their faith. Perhaps their faith came sooner and stronger.
These apostles formed His inner circle. Even so,
He loved all twelve of them like family; 'Who is My mother and who are My brothers?' And stretching out His Hand toward His disciples, He said, 'Behold My mother and My brothers!' (Matthew 12:48-49).
Recall when Jesus went to Nazareth. Surely His hometown crowd hung out with Him. But 'He could do no miracle there except that He laid His Hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered at their unbelief' (Mark 6:5-6). The lesson?
Wondrous works and unbelief don't mix well. Apparently, lack of faith can stop them.
How did the other nine disciples feel when they were excluded from certain things? How would your friends feel? Probably not pleased!
Yet Christ sought approval from only God! 'I always do those things that please Him' (John 8:29).
He carefully selected those who would know His mission, mysteries, plans and powers. He bypassed the people who weren't ready: the doubters who would rain on God's parade.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You're wise to copy your Master's playbook. Don't allow dream haters or naysayers to hinder your wondrous performances. Love everyone in the realms of your life, but carefully choose your inner circle.
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NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Your Small Group series.