Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Name Change

We have a "Meet & Greet" time at our church.  Everyone is encouraged to go around and shake hands or hug one another, and if you don't know someone, then introduce yourself.  For whatever reason (because he's my child and I'm weird) my son was introducing himself as Billy Bob, so I started introducing myself as Imelda - to people who already know us.  Sometimes it's just fun to go by a different name.

And sometimes God changes our name.

Remember Abraham and Sarah?  Their original names were Abram and Sarai.   Then God made a covenant with Abraham, saying that he would become the father of many nations.  And to seal the covenant, God also changed their names to Abraham (father of a multitude) and Sarah (princess).

The Israelite nation was born when Jacob became Israel.  Simon and Saul also experienced a name change.  Simon became Peter, the rock and Saul became the apostle Paul. 

However, God does more than just change our name.  

My son and I may have said we had new names, but our character didn't change. We were still the same people with the same personalities.  But when God changed the names of these people, He also called them out of their old life into a new life with Him.  Abram was too old to have children, but Abraham became the father of many nations.  Simon was a fisherman, but Peter became a fisher of men.  Saul persecuted the Christians, while Paul preached the Gospel so that all could become a follower of Christ. 

God gave each of them a new identity and He wants to give you a new identity too.

We are not the same person we were before Jesus called us out of the world. 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 

Has God changed your name?

He wants to.

He wants to pull you out of darkness, lift you out of the pit, and give you a new identity.

A new identity as a child of God.

Many blessings,

11 comments:

  1. I never thought of that. i wonder what He 'changed' my name too? hmmm... time to break out the baby name book :)

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  2. A few days ago someone made a comment to me that really hurt my feelings and I was really baffled by where their comment was coming from, then I realized it was based on the person I used to be not the child of God I am now. While I am still not perfect and still make mistakes I am still a child of God, a new creature in Christ, my only concern should what He thinks of me and not anyone else.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

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  3. That sounds like the family I know and love! ;) Miss you guys!!

    I am so thankful that I made new in Him. The old is gone, I am a new creation in my Father. Great post.

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  4. Hi Lisa - This is a lovely thought provoking post. In this day and age, imagine changing our names physically. I like that you say we are a new creation, for me that means we are changed inside. The name, our outside, is irrelevant, spiritually speaking - I think! After all God looks at the heart not the name plate.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. love the name change game ;) I love that God changed my name the minute He saved me. Great post!

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  6. I am SO grateful for my identity in Christ! I am reminded again of the song by Jason Gray called "I am New" love it!

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  7. So beautifully written Lisa. So glad we are not stuck with old labels of our past.

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  8. Just so you know...I would sit next to you in church if we went to the same church. You and your kids are as weird as me and my boy! :)

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  9. Thank you Lord for the new creation you have made me, only by your grace Lord! An encouraging word for sure!

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  10. Thank you Lisa for this great post. The changes He has done in me since my salvation blows me away.
    Blessings,
    Ken

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