This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

Today, I am thinking about the value of an inner circle.

Many of us have just celebrated a long holiday weekend, and most likely, we celebrated with those in our inner circle. Jesus too had an inner circle, even among His disciples.

I was reading in Mark, Chapter 9, when I realized that Jesus went to the mountaintop accompanied only by His innermost circle–namely Peter, James, and John. In fact, the Scriptures specifically say that there was no one else there.

During their time on the mountaintop, Jesus’ appearance changed. His clothing became a dazzling white, and the prophets Elijah and Moses appeared.

However, as Jesus and his disciples descended from the mountainside, he asked them not to say anything about what they had seen. Mark 9:10 specifically says they kept it to themselves.

This is a powerful example of the worth of Jesus’ inner circle, even within his twelve disciples. He knew who he could share the most intimate part of his journey with and who he had to shut out.

He also used this sense of discretion when it came to Judas, the disciple who would ultimately betray him.

Personally, I have not always respected this principle. I have allowed some people into my inner circle even when my gut told me not to because I didn’t want them to feel excluded.

If you can relate to letting unworthy people into your inner circle, let us both be taught by these words, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, value your inner circle.