I was having a conversation with my little granddaughter a few days ago. I was asking her how many boys were in her class at school.
She began to name the boys in her class. With each name, I could see the faces of the little boys. I remarked to Breanne how funny it is that a person grows into their names. They begin to look like what they are called from birth.
The conversation switched to the time when Breanne chose Bryson and Brailee’s names. We talked about how they had grown into what they have been called all their lives. I can’t imagine them having any other names than the ones they are called by.
In the Bible, names had great significance. To the Hebrews a name was not a label, or a tool to distinguish one person from another; a person’s name was viewed as equivalent to the person himself. A person’s name signified their person, worth, character, reputation, authority, will, and ownership.
Now, as we know, there are times we are called things that we shouldn’t be called. We even call ourselves things we shouldn’t. We and others put labels on us. That is not from God. Don’t ever let what someone else calls you determine your future. Only God determines your future. You and I need to arise to what God calls us and nothing less.
We see the power in a name with Abraham. God changed his name when his identity changed.
As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 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 17:4-5
God changed his name from Abram, which meant high father, to Abraham, meaning father of a multitude. He also changed the name of Abraham’s wife. She was originally called Saria, which meant, my princess. God changed her name to Sarah, meaning, mother of nations. As they began to call themselves by these new names, they became what they were called.
We see in the New Testament, Jesus also gave new names.
One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.” And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone). John 1:40-42
And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons: Simon, to whom He gave the name Peter; James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, “Sons of Thunder”; Mark 3:13-17
When God or Jesus changed a person’s name and gave him a new name, it was usually to establish a new identity. Just as we have a new identity in Christ. We too have been given new names.
So, then, who does God say we are? Let’s look.
We are joint heirs with Christ. Romans 8:17
We are accepted. Romans 15:7
We are triumphant. 2 Cor. 2:14
We have become the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Cor. 5:21
We are no longer a slave, but a child and an heir. Galatians 4:7
We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Ephesians 1:3
We are chosen, holy, and blameless before God. Ephesians 1:4
We are redeemed and forgiven. Ephesians 1:7
We are God’s workmanship created to produce good works. Ephesians 2:10
We are chosen. 1 Thessalonians 1:4, Col. 3:12
That, my friend, is just a few of the things God calls you. If you, or anyone else, calls you anything different, that is not God’s view of you.
We become who we are called by God…if we choose to. Our identity is hidden in who He says we are. Today, begin to call yourself what God calls you. As you do, you will arise to all He says you are.
“The way you treat others is often a reflection of how you treat yourself.” KP