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The Inner Circle

June 23, 2014

“When Jesus selected his friends and those who would inhabit his inner circle, He looked outside of the religious aristocracy. He picked outsiders and rebels, zealots and tax collectors, sinners and scandalous women. Jesus loved everyone, I am sure, but He didn’t seem to like the Pharisees.”[1]

I find this quote so true, yet interesting. Take a look at your church leadership. Are they people outside the religious inner circle of the church or are they people you might otherwise consider outcasts? Are they more concerned with everyone playing by the rules or are they too busy walking with Jesus that they don’t know they broke some traditions rules? Or maybe they know they broke some rule but they did it because they felt Jesus would have done the same thing.

I find myself looking for leaders, for my inner circle, by casting a wider and wider net. I am much less concerned if people approve of who has been included in my inner circle than I am about Jesus approving my inner circle. Today I will pose this question to you: Who is in your inner circle? How do you pick your inner circle? Does your inner circle resemble the disciples more or the Pharisees more? Do you feel Jesus is pleased with your inner circle or do you feel He is telling you there is some work to be done?

 

[1] Jonathan Merritt. Jesus is Better than You Imagined. (New York, NY: Faith Words, 2014). 139

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