The people who knew Simon knew his tendency to shoot from the hip and be impulsive. But Jesus saw something else. That's why He renamed him Peter, meaning a rock or pillar suitable for a foundation. Can't you imagine the look on the disciples faces when Jesus said "You Peter...upon this rock I will build my church, and...hell will not conquer it". (Mt 16:18 ) But Peter did become a pillar a respected leader and founder of the church. And all because of Jesus' ability and willingness to look beyond his surface-level qualities to what was inside. Today we need more:
- Parents who'll pray for their children , look beyond their flaws and "draw out" their uniqueness.
- Spouses who'll search for the hidden treasure in their mate.
- Christians who'll forgive the immature stumbling of young believers and work to develop them.
- Witnesses who see the lost through the eyes of Jesus and recognize what His transforming power can do. So, ask God today for eyes to see what others miss.