And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:18
The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” Luke 22:61
The eyes of Christ burn with a holy knowledge of exactly who we were created to be as He speaks life over us, into us, through us. His declaration of who we are is a statement of the most complete, truest things about us. The Omnipotent speaks the known to the unknown; the Creator decrees purpose to the creation; the Lover proclaims promise to the beloved.
And, like Peter, we stand in the space between soaring promise and crashing reality. We wonder if we can ever really be who He said we truly are.
On that early day of proclamation how Peter’s heart must have quaked in the physical presence of such power and authority, such love and intimate knowing of himself. How loved he must have felt. How inspired, how determined to rise to those great words.
The other side, the goal, the promise, sometimes appears brilliantly through the clouds like a towering mountaintop, only to elude us again when the thunder of life claps us to the ground of our weakness and inconsistency.
The space between who I am and who I want to be. The space in between the vision I cherish for my family and the reality of our struggles here and now in today’s real world. The space in between heaven and the red clay dirt of this earth.
Immediately the chasm was bridged, the impossible was made possible. Because in that moment Peter remembered. He remembered that the One who made him knew him.
Peter learned what we all must: God knows us and yet He still promises, purposes.
And it will be accomplished through God's Spirit, not our strength.
You are known and loved,
We live in the space in between who God says we were made to be and who we are right now. (Click to Tweet)