Jesus said to Peter, “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” (Matthew 16:18) Peter was a rock but one rock does not build a church. It takes many rocks to build a church; the higher the church, the more rocks it takes. That’s why each one of us needs to be a rock. Jesus by his life taught us to be rocks. Are you?
The church isn’t any one religion or institution. It’s the living body—or embodiment— of Christ. Jesus wasn’t religious. He was the embodiment of God walking this earth just like us. He lived like we do and faced the same temptations we face daily. He left in place the foundation for turning this earth into heaven, built on each one of us.
So, the question is—Are you a rock? That doesn’t mean that you are rock steady every second of every day. Not long after Peter heard he was rock #1 of “the church,” he turned around at the most crucial time and denied Jesus—not once but three times! He wasn’t perfect. Neither are we. We’re human with all the baggage that carries. However, we all need to be rocks building a foundation of love in what seems like at times a very loveless world. Jesus commanded us to do one thing—LOVE!!!—the same simple command God the Father gave us but we ignored. That’s why he gave us his Son in the ultimate show of love. And we largely ignore that command.
How to be a rock? Simple follow in the path that Jesus walked. Start with a little love and build on in. Forgive as you ask to be forgiven. Turn the other cheek when someone offends you. Give to the needy, and even the shirt off your back when someone asks for it. Judge yourself, not others. Get rid of the log in your own eye before you worry about the speck in others. Very simply—LOVE!!!
Be a rock!