Jesus looked at him, and said, . . . “You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). John 1:42
What’s in a Name?
I had a teacher when I was 10 years old who called me a “born artist.”
I still feel the impact of his words now, all these years later and they still have the power to make me feel ten feet tall.
I was only a child, I hadn’t yet painted or made anything of much significance, but my teacher saw potential in me that no one else had seen and his words made me feel validated, noticed and appreciated. I wanted to become what he had called me (and eventually I did, but that’s for another blog post!)
I wonder if, in a much bigger way, was this how Simon felt when Jesus called Him by his new name?
A New Name
Jesus looked right into Simon’s soul and guess what? He didn’t recoil from Simon when He saw his impetuous nature that seems to have got him into trouble so often. He didn’t focus on his failures; Jesus saw and validated something deeply true about Simon that Simon himself hadn’t recognised, and Jesus spoke that over Simon, giving him his true name – Cephas – Aramaic for Peter- meaning “a rock”.
Simon wasn’t living as that person yet. But Jesus knew his true potential.
( see also: Matthew 16:18 )
Your New Name
In the same way, Jesus looks at you with those eyes of fire and sees right inside you, deep inside your soul, where no one else sees. Yes, He knows all your flaws, weaknesses and failures; all your deepest secrets, and guess what? He doesn’t recoil from you. Jesus sees past those things you feel you need to keep hidden to who you truly are, in Him.
These are just some of the things you are called by the One who created you and loves you more than you will ever understand:
Forgiven: Colossians 2:13
Justified and Reconciled Romans 5:9-10
Royal, Holy, His own Possession: 2 Peter 2:9
Chosen, Holy, Beloved: Colossians 3:12
Chosen and Faithful: Revelation 17:14
He spoke everything that lives into being – surely it’s what He says about you that matters! Let His words about you define you today, and every day.
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