Recently while researching on the Internet I received an invitation to join the 'Inner Circle' of a particular group. The secrecy appealed to my curiosity. The exclusivity tempted my pride. The chance of 'esprit de corps wooed' my loneliness. Who wouldn’t want to be part of an inner circle? Yet Jesus summons us to join him in his outer circle.
"Remember your leaders, men who spoke to you the word of God, and considering the results of their conduct, imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Don't be carried away by various and strange teachings, for it is good that the heart be established by grace, not by food, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited. We have an altar from which those who serve the holy tabernacle have no right to eat. For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high priest as an offering for sin, are burned outside of the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people through his own blood, suffered outside of the gate. Let's therefore go out to him outside of the camp, bearing his reproach. For we don't have here an enduring city, but we seek that which is to come. Through him, then, let's offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of lips which proclaim allegiance to his name. But don't forget to be doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they watch on behalf of your souls, as those who will give account, that they may do this with joy, and not with groaning, for that would be unprofitable for you."Hebrews 13:7-17 (WEB)
This is no rebel clique, but a fellowship of those obedient to God’s word and to godly leaders. This is nothing new, but old fashioned Biblical Christianity. Instead of secrecy, the gospel of Christ is to be proclaimed openly. The openness will challenge your courage. This is not a man-made altar, but the altar of humble faith in God’s common salvation. Instead of exclusivity, the grace of Christ is for all mankind. The inclusiveness will kill your pride. This is not mere earthly 'esprit de corps', but true fellowship with God's spirit. Instead of a chance, we have the guarantee of eternal joy with God and his people. The certainty will eclipse your greatest desire.
Have you joined Christ’s outer circle through faith in his grace?