“No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many Nations”. Genesis 17:5
What is your name? This is a question we all had to answer from childhood as soon as we begin to speak. Names are very powerful. They are symbols of our identity. Names can show people who we are, where we come from and even our assignment in life. Before Jesus was born His name was given. The Angel who announced the birth of Christ to Mary said “You will be with child and give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:31-32a).
Sometimes God also changes names of people to signify changes in status and assignment. God changed the name of Abram (exalted father) to Abraham which means “father of many”. The new name was to confirm the new covenant with Abraham. The covenant came with bountiful blessings upon Abraham and his descendants. Those of us who believe in Christ have also received a new name through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Apostle John affirm this in John 1:12 “but to all who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God”.
As you go through the day remember you have a new name. That name has changed your status and positioned you to enjoy the favor of God. May your new name open new doors of opportunities, grant you success and provide you the safety you need in this special season of Lent.
Reflection: How do you identify yourself? How are you identified by others?
Reading: Genesis 17:1-27
Submitted by: Dorcas Assuah
New Life International UMC