Leadership Lessons Daily: Day 358

Scripture Passage: Matthew 17:1-3

Every Leader Needs an Inner Circle

Jesus was especially fond of Peter, James and John. And He took them with Him almost everywhere He went. “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart. And was transfigured before them.” They were His inner circle.

The lesson here is this; Every leader needs an inner circle. These are people who can stand with him and share with him the burden of leading. Jesus had seventy disciples and out of this large number, He had twelve. Within the twelve, He had an inner circle made up of three disciples, Peter, James and John. It is interesting to note that Judas, who betrayed Him, did not make this inner circle and I don’t think it was an accident. Jesus knew who would betray Him and He left him out of His inner circle. These three were closest to Him and knew things about Him that the other disciples did not know. For instance, when He was transfigured, only those in the inner circle were present to witness it. When He went to pray in the garden of Gethsemane, on the night He was arrested, He took His inner circle with Him and He expected them to stand with Him in prayer. If Jesus needed an inner circle, then all leaders need one. However, they must choose carefully those who they allow to be part of their inner circle. It should not become a come-one-come-all clique.

Prayer: Father, give me the wisdom and discernment to choose my inner circle.

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