Motivational Minute – Jesus Sees Your Potential

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” Matthew 16:18 (NASB)

Hi, I’m Laura Lacey Johnson. 

One of my favorites scriptures shows how God sees our full potential. In Matthew 16, Jesus changes Simon’s name to Peter, meaning rock. Jesus said, “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.” 

Jesus knew Peter had impulsive tendencies. Yet, he also saw Peter would one day become a courageous leader, taking God’s love to the ends of the earth. 

Jesus doesn’t just see us in the present moment. He looks at our future too. If you’re afraid you’ve let Him down, rest assured that Jesus knows and loves you, like Peter. He sees the progress you’re making and the person He’s shaping you to become. 

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Laura Lacey Johnson is a sought-after speaker and author of several Bible studies, including 10-Second Prayers to Transform Your Life: From the Parables of Jesus. A commissioned fellow for the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Laura is a respected voice featured on Christian radio stations.

Published by Laura Lacey Johnson

Author and Speaker

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