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If and when Kate Middleton gives birth, everyone will know about it. Obviously.
Yet, when it happens, some people will still get a birth announcement. Because that’s what proud new parents do. They snap a pic of the baby and send it to their friends who stick the photo on their fridge.
It’s events like births and weddings that clarify who is on our inner circle. Those are the people who get the invitations and the announcements. Those are the people we want to know our good news.
No one will need a birth announcement from the royal family. But some people will get one anyway, and they will know that they are part of the inner circle.
The funny thing about Christmas is who turned out to be part of God’s inner circle, and who was left out. And it makes me wonder if I’m part of God’s inner circle.
In the Loop?
When a royal prince or princess is born, all the most important, connected, influential people get an announcement.
You would think it would have been the same for Jesus. After all, Isaiah said He would be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, and his government will never end! That’s a pretty important person. The most important, connected, influential people should probably be told when He is born.
Yet, when the Creator was born, Caesar was passed by. So was Herod. All the priests and Pharisees were not told. All of the educated, wealthy, connected, important, elite people who were used to hearing the news first were left out of God’s inner circle.
The only people who got the birth announcement were some dirty shepherds who happened to be in the right place at the right time. They weren’t just outside of everyone’s inner circle, they were outside of the entire town! No one ever sent them a birth announcement or a wedding invitation.
Are You In the Club?
Everyone wants to be in someone’s inner circle.
Inner circles represent exclusivity. Inner circles are made by inside jokes, and secret clubs that kids create, and camping out overnight to be the first to have the new iPhone. We want to be friends with important people, people who can help us and do favors for us and increase our influence and connections. We want to get in good with our bosses. When someone wins the lottery, all kinds of people come out of the woodwork, desiring to be a part of the inner circle.
I have desired to be in many peoples’ inner circles, and found myself instead relegated to the outer court with all the rest of the unwashed masses.
We all want to be in “the club.” We want to belong. We want to hear the gossip that other people hear. We want to be the confidant that people go to. We want lots of trust and influence with people. We want to be in as many inner circles as possible.
But how often to we desire to be part of God’s inner circle?
Would God Send You a Birth Announcement?
If Jesus were born today, would I be one of the people who got a birth announcement?
Or would I be left out? Would I be caught off guard, and out of the loop?
Jesus said (and I’m summarizing) that there are many people who think they have an “in” with God. They think they are in the inner circle, they’re on God’s speed dial. But really, they aren’t in God’s circle at all. They aren’t even in God’s city. God doesn’t even know them from Adam.
When God does something, I don’t want to be the last to hear about it. I don’t want to be surprised. I want to say, “I knew He would do that!”
When God wants something done, I don’t want to be the last person He asks to do it.
Tell me: whose inner circles are you trying to get into?