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::Devotional:: ‘Solid As A Rock’

April 12, 2010

What did you want to be when you grew up?  I think my top aspirations were an actor, a doctor, a professional football player, and even a chemical engineer.  Needless to say none of them came to fruition, and although you might expect me to be disappointed I’m actually thankful.  My motivations for those professions was money and fame and more often than not those two things don’t bring you closer to the Lord.  I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, spiritually speaking.  The Lord will reveal the answer in His time.  Just look Jesus’ disciple Simon-Peter, the rock.

When Jesus first met Simon-Peter He gave him a new name that represented his potential rather than his present performance for the Kingdom of Christ.

You are Simon son of John.  You will be called Cephas. John 1:42

The name Peter, in Greek, means rock as does the name Cephas in Aramaic.  That’s a cool nickname but many of Peter’s actions didn’t display a rock solid faith or understanding.  Peter seemed more like shifting sand than a rock.

Consider a few events in Peter’s life while he traveled with Jesus:

  • He walked on water towards Jesus until he took his eyes off of Him and began to sink
  • He acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, the son of the living God
  • He spoke against Jesus’ death
  • He swore he would die with Jesus, and that he would never deny him – but he did

Not exactly solid as a rock was he?  The great thing about all of this is that Jesus called him the rock because He knew that’s what Peter could become.  In other words, that’s what Jesus was capable of molding him into.

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:18

Jesus takes those who are moldable and molds them into what He wants them to be.  Peter was a fisherman who became the leader of the church in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit descended upon him and that other disciples.  All the events he went through with Jesus, both high and low points, were part of the molding process.  Sometimes Peter’s actions are reprimanded today but hindsight is always 20/20.  It’s easy for us to pickup a Bible and point out all the mistakes people made.  Somehow though, that’s just not comforting to me.  I feel much closer to the Lord when I realize that Peter was an ordinary guy who made mistakes and loved Jesus.  I can relate to that.  I can’t relate to someone who makes no mistakes.

Peter was a work in progress, just like you and me.  It may take lots of ups and downs and considerable time to mold us, but with pliable hearts there’s no limit to what Jesus could accomplish with us.  What a great way to start the week – thinking of the potential we have in Christ.  Be confident in this “that the who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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