Devotional for Wednesday January 22nd

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Change”
Our Bible verse for today: “Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations.” Genesis 17:5 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Sometimes change is a symbol of something even greater.”
Have you ever known someone who changed their name? I’ve known several. I know a man whose life pretty much fell apart in his late 50’s. Once he got through it and entered into a new season of life, he started going by his middle name instead of by his first name – symbolizing to himself that he was a new man with a fresh vision for the rest of his life.
Sometimes the name change is ridiculous. A few years ago there was a professional athlete who legally changed his name to “Meta-World Peace.” At other times the change goes in the other direction from ridiculous to reasonable, such as when a young person matures and stops going by a silly nickname.
There are many other kinds of change that also symbolize something greater, something deeper than the obvious outward appearance. Take for example the young man who wears saggy pants, a backwards ball cap, and who has an intentionally sloppy appearance but who then suddenly starts dressing nicely. What does that change signify? It shows that he grew up, that he matured, that he became a man.
In Genesis 17:5 God changed Abram’s name to Abraham to signify the beginning of a God-given mission that would encompass the rest of Abraham’s life. The name change was highly symbolic of something much greater.
The truth is that God is in the business of changing people, and when a big God-directed change occurs, it will be symbolized by other changes that in themselves are less significant, but which point to the bigger and more significant change.
What changes is God bringing about in your life and in what manner will those changes show up, how will they be symbolized? You probably don’t need to change your name, but do you need to change your style of dress? Are you a Christian man who walks around with his pants below his butt? Or maybe you’re a young Christian woman whose clothes are too tight and too revealing. How about your lifestyle or the people you associate with, do they need to change?
Is there some obvious outward change that needs to occur in your life which will symbolize a deeper, more significant inward change that has occurred? Sometimes the observable outward change is a symbol of something greater, deeper and more significant.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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