Our son loves telling people his name right now. If we ask him what his name is, he proudly tells us, in his excited-about-everything-in-life voice: “My name Eli Noah Christ!” It a good name, but it took us a while to come up with the perfect name for him.
There was so much pressure involved in choosing a name! We know so many kids from our time teaching and leading youth ministry that influences the choice. We struggled because this decision would last a life time. He would forever be called by the name we gave him.
God made a habit of giving new names to His people. The new names always have significance. Abram became Abraham; Saul became Paul. In some respects, their name defined who they would be from that time forward. The “original” name no longer defined them, replaced instead with a newer and greater one by God.
The name your parents gave you isn’t what defines you today. Rather, the name that you bear—the name God placed upon you—defines who you are and how you live.
And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty. 2 Corinthians 6:18
We have been called sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. We are His kids. That is the name that defines us now. Not Jason, Sue, Chuck or any other, but son or daughter of the Lord Almighty.