He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). – John 1:42

Mark 1:16-18

 16 As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.

 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

Can you achieve and move beyond what you see? Sadly, many people are myopic, shortsighted. They set limitations for themselves. They are self-made or received from significant but non-affirming, disparaging folks in their lives. Myopic people severely limit themselves because they lack vision and allow others to impose artificial limitations upon them.

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread

into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them” (Bruce Lee).

“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great” (Mark Twain).

Last names as used today were not in existence in Biblical times. Instead, a person was known by who his or her father was (e.g., Simon, son of John) and/or by place of origin (e.g., Jesus of Nazareth; Simon of Cyrene) (Köstenberger). In addition, a name was thought to reflect an individual’s personality traits.

The Father sees beyond the obvious. He sees into the inner recesses of our hearts and minds. He sees beyond today into the future of what will be. In light of what He sees, the Father frequently gave names to people in the Bible. On other occasions, He changed people’s names to indicate their new character, purpose, or responsibility.

Simon apparently was a good listener. Simon is the English version of the Hebrew name Shimon. Shimon comes from the Hebrew word sh’ma which means to listen, hear, or pay attention. But for the Lord Jesus Simon would no longer be just a good listener. That was far too limiting. The Father had something far different in mind for him.

When the Lord Jesus first met Simon, He discerned what he would become. The Greek word translated look is emblepo from en, in or on, and blepo, to look. It meant to look in the face, fix the eyes upon, look at or upon. It meant more than a mere glance, but rather to contemplate, consider, thus see clearly, discern.

The Lord Jesus took one look at Simon and said you will no longer be called Simon but Cephas. His new name was a declaration of what he would become. Cephas is an Aramaic word meaning “rock.” The Greek translation of Cephas is Peter. Peter is derived from the Greek word Petros which also means rock. Peter and Cephas are not different names; they are the same name in different languages.

Matthew 16:18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

Simon’s brief introduction to the Lord Jesus changed the course of his life. Many years would pass before the weak, erratic, impulsive Simon would be transformed into a rock. But the Father did just that. Tomorrow is always the first day of the rest of your life!


“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man” (Moody).

Father I know from eternity You have seen the beginning, middle, and end of my life. Encourage me to see myself as You do and believe in myself as You do.


But there’s more, in the Old Testament, when the Father changed a name, it often denoted, that the person entered into a new relationship with Him. It was as if life began all over again. That person now had a new beginning, a calling and purpose.

When the Father looks at us, He is not limited by what we currently are. In fact, He sees not only what we are but what we will become. His vision is not limited to our current achievements. The Father also sees the possibilities.

When the Lord Jesus looked at Peter, He saw more than a Galilean fisherman, rather the Lord Jesus recognized the future leader and spokesman of the early church.

The story is told of Michelangelo chipping away with his chisel at a huge, shapeless piece of rock. Someone approached and asked Michelangelo what he was doing. Michelangelo replied, “I am releasing the angel imprisoned in this marble.”

The Father sees and can release the hidden potential in each of us. He gently whispers to each of us, “Give me your life, and I will make you what you have it in you to be.”

When the Father looks at His children, what does He see? When you look at His children, what do you see? And when you look at yourself . . .

Mark 1:16-18

 16 As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.

 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”

 18 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

“‘Follow me’ meant ‘come behind me as a disciple.’ It was an invitation, but in view of who Jesus was it had the force of a command” (Constable).

They were to be fishing for fish no longer but rather people. In the same way that fishing for fish is hard work, fishing for people would also involve hard work, self-sacrifice, and know-how. They had much to learn but their response was immediate. They dropped what they were doing, and became disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ asks all children of the King to follow Him, become His disciples, and fish for people.


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