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.
And God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
Genesis 17:5; 15
When you first met people, the usual question is “What is your name?” And to know the person deeper you will ask the origin of their name. The story goes on and you will find lots of things about the person, and the conversation will flow smoothly. And it will brought connection to know the name of the person.
In the passage of Genesis 17:5, 15 the Creator of the Universe gave new names to His people. The name carries responsibility and privilege.
For Abram he was given Abraham, a Hebrew name which means “father of multitude.” And for his wife Sarai was change into another Hebrew name Sarah which means “princess.” It was in the sense that before God did miracles or something big in our lives he has given us new name. Names are identities that carries the person and the journey that has been and to look forward in the future. As the Lord established His covenant to Abraham and Sarah, He first changed their names. It is the way of making anew. The new name and new identity engaged them in Christ belonging. Abraham as father of multitudes and Sarah as the princess, that at their might be too impossible to happen. But after a while the plans of the Lord prevailed. Everyone was in awe as the miracles of God found its way to Earth.
On our generation we should be identified through the name God given to us when He found us and called to His journey in the ministry.
Questions: What is your name before God and what is your name as you journey with Him now?