And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Acts 11:26 NKJV
Continued from yesterday…
The purpose of this message is not to start up an argument about the use of the word ‘Christianity’, or some movement, but to call our attention to a label that might be robbing us of the sense of our true identity. The purpose is to help us redefine our identity, recapture who we really are, that we might be stirred up from within to assume our place, position and exhibit who we really are. What you’re called is important.
When God was about to change the destiny of Abraham, He changed his name; when He was about to turn around the experience of Jacob, He changed what he was called; when Jesus was ready to move Peter from an unstable and inconsistent individual, He changed what he was called – “Simon the Reed” to “Peter the Rock”.
Imagine as you step into your office this morning someone welcomes you with a new name – “welcome salt of the earth” or “have a great day light of the world”, imagine what it will do to your sense of consciousness, your attitude to life, your approach to issues, your mindset and your sense of self-worth. Imagine what the new image will do to your productivity level. But since we can’t get everyone to address us as such then let us begin to address ourselves, “for by your word you’re justified” and “as your name is, so are you.” Begin to call yourself by the names God calls you. If you do this every day for the rest of this year, there will be a shift in your mindset, attitude and outcome. You will fulfill purpose and walk in the power of your name. May this year bring uncommon transformation in your life in Jesus’ name.