Day #15

What’s In A Name (John 1:42 )

When you meet Jesus your life isn't the only thing that changes

John 1:42
“Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas” (which means “Peter” )”

When you meet Jesus your life changes. In this story, the Lord changed Simon’s name to Peter, and he drops everything to follow Jesus. This is just the first step for Peter in his journey with Christ. He will go on to discover his purpose and become “the Rock” who will change the world!

Eventually, Peter becomes one of the most recognizable disciples, performed miracles, and preaches the gospel to thousands of people, but it took a new name for Peter to become the new person God was calling him to be.

During a recent bible study about name changes, I became curious began about what my name means. I discovered the name Katrina, or Katie means pure and innocent, and for those of you who don’t know my story before I started following Christ, I was the opposite of pure and innocent. I felt discouraged when I realized I wasn’t who my name told me. I didn’t feel pure and innocent, I felt flawed in so many ways. But then I researched what Ellis (my married name) meant and discovered it means “for God.” Instead of feeling shame, I realized my name means “pure and innocent for God.” All this time who knew that God was making into who he created me to be in the first place.

This is just one example in my life where a change happened in order to begin living out my dream and purpose. Yes, it was a name change but more than that, it changed my mindset. I don’t have to live in my past anymore, and God showed me I am a new person. Other changes may be a change of scenery or career, maybe it’s an internal change God is trying to do in you, but you haven’t let go yet. Maybe God is asking you to take a step to change direction before he begins to reveal his plans and purposes. Whatever the change is, know that God is always in control and his plans for you are always greater than the plans you have for yourself.

God, whatever changes in my life you have for me, help me to be open to them and accept that it is necessary to live out the purpose you have for my life.

If you missed previous devotions you can find them here:

Day #1 - Grab a Hose Not Binoculars (Jeremiah 29:11)
Day #2 - God Knows What He Is Doing (Genesis 13:15-17)
Day #3 - Don't Waste Your Shape (1 Peter 4:10-11)
Day #4 - Big Dreams and Small Minded People (Genesis 37:8)
Day #5 - Inspection and Expectation (Matthew 21:18-19)
Day #6 - I Can't (John 5:6-7)
Day #7 - Small Beginnings. Big Difference. (Zechariah 4:10)
Day #8 - New Dream But No Miracle (Genesis 6:21-22)
Day #9 - A Waiting Game (Isaiah 40:31)
Day #10 - Miracle Management (Matthew 1:8)
Day #11 - Help Me Believe (Mark 9:22-24)
Day #12 - Burn The Ships (Isaiah 43:18-19)
Day #13 - Do You Know What You Want (Matthew 20:32-33)
Day #14 - God Got A Head Start (Ephesians 2:10)