Maybe you’ve heard the quote, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” (Jim Rohn) So, who are these people in your life?
As you know, cell phone plans haven’t always been as wonderful as they are now. I had a plan at one time where I got unlimited calling to 5 people. I had to select my “circle” of 5 people and I could call them with unlimited minutes. You had to be very smart in who you put in those 5 slots because all the other calls cost you the few minutes that you had on your calling program.
The marketing slogan for this plan was, “Who is in your circle?” We have to answer the same thing today.
The Savior taught how close He wants His relationship with us to be in John 17.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
God wants to be in your circle!
The plan for God is to be very close to you. Part of why he wants this close relationship is taught in the next verse in John 17
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Jesus points out two reasons He wants to be close to you. The first is that this is the process by which we are made perfect. Moroni taught us in Moroni 10,
Come unto Christ and be perfected in him…by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God. And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ… ye become holy, without spot.
It is only through coming closer to Christ that we can become perfect.
The second reason Christ wants to be in your life is so that we can know that God “hast loved [us], as [God] hast loved [Christ].”
I find that so amazing! God wants to be in your life so that you know you are loved. The God of the whole universe wants you to know that you are loved. If you aren’t feeling that today, remember that God is waiting anxiously to get into your life and help you feel that you are loved.
In addition to loving and helping us grow to perfection God taught us another aspect of Him being in our lives in D&C 68:6
Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you.
Those are key words: will stand by you. God wants to be with you, to be in your circle because He knows that He can be there to support you like no one else can. He can help you through whatever you are facing. He is our Rock and our Support.
As the Lord reminded Joseph Smith,
Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever. (D&C 122:9)
God wants to be with you so you feel His love. He wants to be with you so you can be supported as God stands by you. And don’t worry, He’s not going anywhere. God will be with you forever and ever.
Spend this week making sure that God is in your circle. Make sure you are as close to Him as you can get. Live your life to be one with the Savior, feel His forever love and support.