5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you.
When God changes a name it is more than just an alternative spelling. A change of name means a change of purpose, a change of calling. Think of Jesus changing Simon’s name to Peter or “Rock”. At the time, the name “Cephas” in Aramaic, was not a personal name. Later it would become evident that Simon was indeed a rock, a foundation stone in the fledgling church. We are also told of a day when each one of us will receive a new name, written on a white stone, (Revelation 2:17) It opens up the possibility that heaven is not just “sitting around on clouds” but each of us fulfilling the purpose captured in our new name! (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for our sister international fellowships; AGIF, ICS, SWIF, TEF.