We all have circles of friends and circles of influence. There are circles that we want to be in, and circles that we don’t. Even Jesus had an inner-circle of disciples who were given greater access into His life and ministry…

Matthew 17:1-2  (NKJV)

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

Matthew 26:36-38  (NKJV)

36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” 37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

Most of the time we think either you’re in someone’s circle or not, but there is one more space that one can occupy…

IN someone’s circle…

When you’re IN someone’s circle, you are a part of their lives. Some are closer to the ‘center’ and some are not as close, but still they’re IN your circle. You’re important to all of them and vice versa. You have access to them pretty much when you get ready. And, most of the time the access and influence is mutual.

When your OUTSIDE

of someone’s circle you’re not important to them at all. You don’t have access to them when you get ready. And, most of the time they don’t want access to you, nor do you have any influence in their life.

But, when you’re ON someone’s circle…

You’re important to them WHEN THEY GET READY. They have access to you when they’re ready, but you don’t have access to them. Being ON someone’s circle most of the time means you’re available to for their use, but they have no real desire to be close to you, to know you or at least to know you intimately. You are there at their disposal.

This is the thing. When you’re on someone’s circle, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t see value in you. It means that they do, they only want a relationship with you on their terms.

Are you ON anyone’s circle? Is anyone ON your circle?

Manage your circle wisely. Give everyone respect no matter where they are relative to it.

And, thank God that once we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, we’re all in His circle…

Ephesians 2:13-18  (NKJV)

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. 17 And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

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God bless you! I'm a husband, father and ordained Minister since 1996. I serve as an Associate Minister at Oak Spring Church Arlington TN, a suburb of Memphis. I'm a professional Copywriter for a Fortune 500 company, published Gospel songwriter and owner of an independent label, Al-Go-Rhythm Music. My main spiritual gift is Exhortation...I'm a natural encourager. I love the word of God and sharing it from a "Wow, I never thought of it like that before" perspective. There's so much fresh revelation in God's word that is just as relevant today as it was as it unfolded. I hope my daily devotionals enhance your walk with God, taking you beyond BLESSED to BLESSTIFIED.

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