“No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.”
When God encounters Abram, he is never the same. Abram shows his faith in God by leaving his country and taking all that he has to go to the land God shows him. He also shows his impatience in listening to Sarai’s request to produce an heir through her maidservant, Hagar. Abram is not perfect, but God has chosen him. Sound familiar? God has also chosen to use imperfect humans today!
Here Abram forever becomes Abraham. The name change is from “Father” to “Father of Nations.” The Lord, the unchanging One, goes on to change Sarai’s name to Sarah. Then, he requires Abraham and all his family to be set apart from other nations by circumcision.
Immediately, Abraham accepts the name God has given to him and his wife and follows God’s commands to circumcise his family. Abraham is forever identified as a child of the living God. Though he falters in his faith, he is forever knows as the “Father of Nations.” Even to us, living Christ followers today, he is the Father of Nations, the nation into which we have been grafted.
Abraham immediately changes his name and receives a new life. He will never be Abram, follower of pagan gods. Then, God will make him exceedingly fruitful.
The same is true today. As we follow Christ, we are daily being changed:
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”~ 2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV
We see promises of transformation in this culture. Television and media tells us to take a pill or follow these steps for change. The only true change is in Jesus Christ.
He is ready to transform you into who you were created to be. Just surrender.