The reading for today is Matthew 16: 13-19, RSV.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter replied, “you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
And Jesus answered him “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Have we built the church Jesus commanded us to do? When I ponder the many churches we’ve built since Jesus commanded Peter to build on a rock. I can’t help but be overcome by the many buildings and people we are talking about. Just imagine the variety of buildings of worship that exist in the world to glorify God. There are so many I can’t count. There are also so many varieties of God worshipers, from the plain to the extravagant.
Build your own church on a rock and join others to worship Jesus.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the vision you give us to build a place for us to join others in a building to worship you. May we always be building with others.
Bob Williams Bobwms1949@gmail.com
Prayer Concern – For those that haven’t found the right people to worship You.