What God sees in you

Here is a quick devotional for the day.

John 1:40-42

“Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  And he brought him to Jesus.  Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).”

A couple of amazing things happen in these three verses. 

1) Andrew brought his brother Simon to Jesus.  It was the first thing Andrew did after hearing John speak about Jesus.  Andrew had found the Messiah and he wanted his brother to find him too.  In contemplating things, I wondered, what if Andrew had never brought his brother to Jesus?  What if he was only excited for himself that he found the Messiah and it never caused him to bring those he loved to Jesus?

2) Jesus looks at Simon, and immediately gives him a new name.  His identity is now different as a result of their meeting.  Now, we know that the word Cephas means “Rock”.  We see in Matthew 16:18 (as Jesus is preparing to leave the earth), that Jesus says “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.”  If you were a friend of Simon, you probably would have laughed at the name Cephas.  Simon was anything but solid.  He was erratic and couldn’t control his tongue!  Here we see Jesus seeing Peter not as he currently was, but as he one day would become.

Isn’t it amazing that God looks at you today and sees you not as you are with all your problems, shortfalls, and disobedient behavior, but he sees you as you will be one day.  He sees and knows your future, and he has given you a new name. 

May we be changed as we grow in our understanding of how God views us.  May our excitement of finding the Messiah cause us to bring others to Him.




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