Andrew brought Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter or stone).
You are Simon…but you shall be called Peter. Simon did not know what this meant or what it would require of him. Jesus, however, saw the man he would be one day. Jesus looked at Simon and saw Peter.
Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter… (Mark 3:16).
Transformed men…transformed names.
God is good at name changes, and when He does that, it always involves a growth process. For Jacob to become Israel, he had to wrestle with God. Jacob limped for the rest of his life because of that experience, but he became Israel (Genesis 32). The Jewish persecutor of Christians named Saul became Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles. Before Christ, Saul had his own righteousness and did everything in his power to fight Christ (Philippians 3:9; Acts 26:9). Paul had the righteousness of God and walked with Christ. Abram meant “father,” but Abraham meant “father of a multitude of nations” (Genesis 17). Abram had great faith, but God grew an even stronger, unwavering faith in Abraham.
God is seeking to transform us, men. God gave us all a new name when we came to Christ…Christian. That means we belong to Christ, we are followers of Christ. With that name change comes wonderful blessings, but we will also be transformed. In order for the Potter to turn the clay into a vessel for honor, He will have to get His hands dirty molding and shaping you. It will be uncomfortable at times, no doubt, but is it worth it?
We are going to spend several weeks, Lord willing, on Mondays, looking into the life of Peter. As men seeking to follow Christ and lead others, I believe we will be greatly benefited by considering his life.