Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 16:15-18

Friday, August 19, 2011 – Proper 16 & Ordinary 21 Year A

Matthew 16:15-18Jesus said to his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Abram became Abraham. Jacob became Israel. And now Simon becomes Peter (petra is Greek for rock). Transformational moments in the faith life of these leaders is marked by change…identity change…name change…responsibility change. Our faith should change us in such a way as to transform our identity, too.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us find our calling, and then help us live into that vision. AMEN.

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