Jesus Invites Us to His In-Crowd



Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. 

Jesus, I belong to you.

I lift up my heart to you.
I set my mind on you.
I fix my eyes on you.
I offer my body to you as a living sacrifice.

Jesus, we belong to you. 

Praying in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen. 

John 14:10–11, 20

“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.

On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”


Did you have an in-crowd in your high school? If so, do you remember how it seemed as though many of your classmates were endlessly thinking about who was in and who was out? If we weren’t talking about it, whispering about it in the stands of a football game or the back of math class, many of us were preoccupied with thinking about our place in the social pecking order.

The in-crowd represented not only popularity, being liked, or feeling appreciated. The in-crowd also represented the idea that someone might see us, know us, value us, love us—for who we were. For those of us who felt like we were on the outside, looking in on someone’s else’s in-crowd, we often created our own.

If you found your people, a friend or friend group that was healthy and truly did see you, know you, value you, and love you for who you were, then it felt like you had found your place in the world. With that little group of friends, you felt at home, you were part of one another, and you moved as one.

Jesus came to put us all in the in-crowd with the Trinity. And this passage is where that story finds its source. If you are a follower of Jesus my brother, my sister—you are in the in-crowd.

In John 14:10–11, 20, we see Jesus addressing his disciples with a question.

“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?”

“Yes,” they may have answered sheepishly, knowing their answer was probably right—though it could be a trick question.

Jesus continued:

“The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.”

Surely this teaching must have been shocking when the disciples first heard it. They would have quickly recalled the moment in John 10:30 when Jesus told the teachers of the law, right there in front of God and everyone in the temple courts, “I and the Father are one.” Hearts stopped. Stones were picked up. Faces flushed red with anger and disbelief. They accused him of blaspheming, of claiming to be God. 

Now, in John 14, Jesus is saying it again, only to the disciples in private.

Jesus wanted them, and wants us, to understand an essential truth of the faith: When we see Jesus, we see the heart of the Father (John 14:8–9).  Jesus and the Father are one. This is Jesus saying that he has made his home in the Father, and the Father has made his home in Jesus. It is a special, trinitarian relationship with the Spirit that is irreplicable. The Trinity is a divine union unto itself.

But then an in-crowd twist comes in verse 20: 

On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” 

Wait. Jesus, did you just include us in the in-crowd?

Let’s be honest. We can sometimes get confused when Jesus talks like this. Yes, we understand there is mystery to all of this, but what exactly is he saying? Just how “in” are we?

Some italics may help us here. Jesus did not say that we are Jesus or the Father; Jesus said we are in Jesus who is in the Father. Jesus did not say that Jesus is us; he said Jesus is in us. There is a big difference here. As an old adage goes, “There is a God. You are not him.” However, we are invited to share life together with Jesus—intimate, relational life—being at home in one another, moving as one.

This is the language of relationship, abiding, and communion. It is the language of sharing, participation, and being embraced by divine love.

And here’s the very big deal for all those who have ever felt on the outside looking in with God’s love.

According to Jesus—as his follower, you are in the in-crowd with the Trinity! We are full participants in the life and love that exists within the community of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We retain our distinction, yes, but we are part of that family, part of that communion, part of that fellowship that exists between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

We are on the inside of the in-crowd with Jesus—and we are looking outward to bring others in along the way! We will bear witness to his indwelling presence, his incomparable love, until everyone who is outside, or feels outside, is inside his community of grace.

Today, know that you are accepted. You are seen. You are known. You are valued. You are loved. You are an insider, within the love of Jesus. If you ever felt like an outsider, misunderstood and not appreciated, let this be the day of your liberation. You have found your people—and have been found by your God.


Lord Jesus, I am in you and you are in me. I am just beginning to understand how loved and accepted I am by you. I can be hard on myself, but knowing that you value me even in my worst moments is a healing balm to my soul. Reveal to me how much you love me, and how completely in the circle of your love I truly am. In Christ Jesus, I pray, amen.


Have you ever taken the time to think about what it means to be in the in-crowd with the Trinity? Do you feel like you could ever consider God distant again, knowing this truth?

For the Awakening,
Dan Wilt 

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Comments and Discussion

4 Responses

  1. Sometimes, I think that the failure to experience “participation in the divine nature “ (2 Peter 1:3-4), is a lack of faith in the absolute truthfulness and authority of God’s inspired Word. Personally, I believe that if we attempt to judge our experience with the Trinity by comparing our relationship with Christ with the personal testimonies of other believers, that we’re setting ourselves up for disappointment. I believe that the key here is to examine our own fruit; what has Christ done through me, when I’ve been submissive to his will?

  2. 1 Peter 1: 15-16
    But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct. Since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

    Jesus calls us to be holy, set apart by being devoted to Him, where our lives display moral and spiritual excellence in His name. This contuct is impossible on our own. Only by abiding in Christ and Him in us will all things become possible through Christ. If we live any other way, even when we think our way is His way, we will eventually create hardship and ruin or consequences. Or, possibly, nothing.
    Can we create nothing? 🤔
    Creating nothing could be like running in place. We’re moving but going nowhere. We got the talk, but we’re standing still.
    Only by thinking His way as our way can His purpose be our purpose.
    I heard this quote on the radio once, and it stuck.
    “One major difference between God and me is that God never thinks He is me.”

    Staying 💪’ n Christ
    Ephesians 6:10
    Finally, be strong IN the Lord and IN His mighty power.

  3. We are invited to make the risen Jesus the intense focus of our life. To be in Christ is to stay focused on Him. How’s your Christ-focus?

    If the main attraction
    In your daily life
    Is continual distraction,
    You’ll be spiritually
    Out of action,
    Lacking interaction
    With the living Jesus.


    If you haven’t
    Recently heard
    The living Jesus
    Speak in your heart
    Your vision of Him
    Will be blurred.

    If you will keep your heart always focused on the living Jesus, you’ll be daily carried along by the reality of His presence. You’ll be ever aware of being in Christ.

    1. To focus on the living Jesus:
      * Stay in continual open-hearted conversation with Him.
      * Quickly and consistently do what He prompts you to do.
      * When the attention of your heart slips away from Him, promptly redirect it to His presence.
      * When you disobey or ignore Him, immediately get back on track, ask for His forgiveness, and realign with His will.
      * Daily read the Bible with your heart wide open to Him.
      * Keep Scriptures flowing through your mind.
      * Spend a lot of time with and open your heart to people who are intently focused on Him.
      * Look for how Jesus is working in every circumstance throughout the day.
      * “Consider others better than yourself.”
      * Humbly love and serve people.
      * See Christ in “the lease of these.”

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