06 January 2013
Pilgrim's Progress: A New Name
I can think of several instances in the Bible where people are given new names (Abram becomes Abraham; Jacob becomes Israel; Saul becomes Paul), but Jesus calling Simon "Peter" is the most memorable to me. Peter means "rock" and Jesus tells Simon Peter that he is the rock on which he will build his church (Matthew 16:17-18).
As believers, we need to live in the realization that God has given us a new name as well. Though I am Jason, I am also "Christian" for that is my name.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’-Revelation 2:17
How often do you take the opportunity to reflect upon your new identity in Christ?