Sunday, March 7, 2021

When God Changes a Name

When Pepper Puryear was a boy, he had a dog named “Sic ‘em.” One evening, a man and his wife were riding horses, along with their daughter who was riding on a pony. Puryear’s dog ran into the street and started barking at the horses. The dog began circling the little girl on the pony as it became more aggressive. Pepper’s father jumped off the porch and tried to call the dog off by yelling, “Sic ‘em! Sic ‘em!”
 
The man on the horse thought he was urging the dog to attack his daughter! He grabbed a rope off his saddle, twirled it over his head, and lassoed the dog. Then he jumped off his horse and tied the dog’s legs together, just like he was tying up a calf in a rodeo. (The dog probably wished it had kept its mouth shut)
 
Pepper’s father explained to the man that the dog’s name was Sic ‘em and he wasn’t trying to unleash his dog on the man’s daughter. The cowboy strongly suggested that he change the dog’s name to Spot because Sic ‘em was sending people the wrong message.
 
Sometimes people, like dogs, need a new name. In the Bible, God would often give people a new name to establish a new identity. He changed Abram’s name to Abraham, which means “father of a multitude” (Gen. 17:5). He changed Abraham’s wife’s name from Sarai to Sarah, meaning “mother of nations” (Gen. 17:15). Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, the “rock.” After Saul was converted, he became known as Paul. God wanted them to leave their past behind and pursue a new destiny.  
 
When you receive Jesus Christ into your life, the old things have passed away and new things have come (2 Cor. 5:17). He gives you a new destiny and will give you a new name in heaven (Rev. 2:17). Your heavenly Father will give you a new forever name because He “makes all things new” (Rev. 21:5). You are no longer Sic ‘em. Your new name is “Spotless.”
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