Ready to Rock
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church.” (Matthew 16:13-18, NASB)
I think about this passage all the time. That last line, "upon this rock," has become something of a mantra for me. I’m working to be more like Peter. For him, faith isn’t a Hail Mary pass. It’s not the last act of a desperate person. Peter’s faith is anything but blind; in fact, he’s the only one of the disciples in this story who can see past the facts and into the Truth.
And that’s the magic. Faith’s one-two punch is perception and manifestation. Faith sees the Spiritual nature of a situation and, because of an insistence on that beautiful Truth, causes it to appear. It’s important to remember that, while Jesus is talking to Peter in the story, He is not talking about Peter. Generally speaking, it’s rude to build a building on top of a person. This is not a Martin Scorsese movie.
Jesus is not talking about Peter. He is talking about faith. Faith is something we all have, something we all use, all the time. The question isn’t how we get more faith, because we have all we need. The question is what we’re doing with the faith we have.
So what do you see? As they say, that’s what you’re going to get.
I think about this scriptural passage because I live in Saint Petersburg, a city named for the disciple who represents faith. This is a town named for, and so built on, faith. But aren’t they all, really?
I think about the passage because I’m building a church, too. But so are you. Remember with me that a church is not a building. Church is a community, a family, a context. In a sense, church is where you are when you remember who you are.
So who are you? What you see, what you respond to, what you’re passionate about, and what grabs your attention is what you’re going to experience. That’s where the quote comes in. When you catch yourself getting worked up about something, ask yourself if that’s the rock you want to build your church on. You have a choice, you know.
Brick by brick, rock by rock, moment by moment, you have a choice. Let’s build something great.