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This past week I’ve been in a house with sixteen women, and it has been like herding cats. We all have different agendas and personalities and are at different places in our lives. Thankfully, we have all gotten along well, and there haven’t been any “catfights” on the trip.

Each night of our trip, we would go through the same routine of trying to decide where to eat and at what time. To say it was chaotic would be an understatement. While I was thinking about today’s post, I started thinking about Jesus and his disciples. In my mind, I like to imagine that everything was calm and smooth and that everyone always agreed on everything. Jesus might have been calm, but human nature tells me there would have been bickering and disagreements within the group.

Luke 22:24

24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered the greatest.

Mark 9:34

34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.

James 3:16

16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

Jesus loved all of His disciples. He hand-picked each of them, traveling together from town to town. However, that doesn’t mean that each of the disciples had the same access to Him. Jesus knew the hearts of His disciples, and He limited the access that each of them had to Him.

Peter, James, and John were the three disciples that appear to have been His closest friends. They were Jesus’ inner circle and those who were with Him during certain events.

Mark 9:2-3

And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.

Luke 8:51-55

51 And when he came to the house, he allowed no one to enter with him, except Peter and John and James, and the father and mother of the child. 52 And all were weeping and mourning for her, but he said, “Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping.” 53 And they laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. 54 But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” 55 And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.

Matthew 26:36-38

36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.”

I’m not sure why Jesus chose these three men, but I’m sure it was because He knew they could be trusted and would continue to carry on His work after He was gone. These men weren’t perfect, but they were loyal and loved Jesus passionately. That’s not to say that the other disciples weren’t loyal or loved Jesus, but these three were the ones He picked to have special access.

Everything Jesus did had a purpose and can be used as a guide for our lives. We are to love everyone, but that doesn’t mean that everyone should have the same access to us. If you have a negative friend, then love on them but limit their access to your heart. Some people can’t be trusted with special knowledge because they tell everything they know, so restrict their access to your thoughts. We all need an inner circle, those who would fight for us and will be loyal to the end. Your friends won’t always be perfect, but love them, show them grace, and realize that you will make mistakes too.

To God Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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