Friday, September 18, 2009

A Change Of Heart

I wrote Monday about the importance of knowing who we are in Christ and the identity change that happens when we do. Up until the last few weeks, I'd never thought about this.

Simon's name was changed to Peter, which means "a piece of the rock," which is a revelation of who Jesus is. When Peter had his light bulb moment, he looked at Jesus and said in Matthew 16:16-19, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus turned and looked at Peter and said, "Flesh and blood did not reveal this to you. My Father revealed this to you." After Peter identified Jesus, Jesus told Peter in verse 18, "Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Jesus changed Peter's name, his character, his destiny and his possibilities in life. Everything changed for Peter.

The moment we see who Jesus is, He tells us who we are. And being a Christian is not about having a behavioral change every day, but having a heart change.

1 comment:

Marie Donald Cupstid said...

Barbie, thank you for what you write in your blog. I homeschool and am a member of the CHEB group; I overheard a lady speaking of your blog. I was interested because I recently started one myself to spread some King's love.

There are many people who say they have had a salvation experience, but without the change of heart, which appears to be missing in so many of them, it is hard to not doubt their true salvation. I know from experience, it took me 15 years of "being saved" to realize how lost I was. Unfortunately, true conversion doesn't happen with every sinner's prayer. When you "get" Jesus, your heart cannot help but change.

Check out my blog and I hope all is going well with your homeschooling.