***Guest Post from Inclination Life***
When I returned to work in August, I had a new name. Although my marriage occurred in May, I did not change my teaching license until the summer. As we arrived back on campus and my co-workers needed to correspond with me, they were unable to communicate with me electronically if they used my old name.
I received apologies from people who sent emails that were never delivered because it was addressed to the email associated with my former name. There were teachers who hesitated to speak because they were attempting to recall my new name prior to addressing me.
I am unable to count the times that I told someone not to worry about how they addressed me. Usually, the person would laugh and then share the information that they needed to share.
I had the opportunity to reflect on the name saga while sitting in my office responding to another forwarded email that began with, “Oops--I sent this to the wrong email address.”
People may become so familiar and comfortable with you that they are unable to see that you are no longer who you use to be.
My name changed naturally, but often when a name change occurs spiritually, carnal or insensitive people quickly recall who you once were. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” II Corinthians 5:17 NIV
If your name change has occurred because of a new relationship with Christ, let me give you a huge virtual hug and welcome you to the family. The old has passed away, rest in God, for He is making all things new for you.
A new name can never change your true identity.
From the moment we were conceived, God had a grand plan for each of our lives. We may get caught up in the lies that the enemy tells us about ourselves, but it is important that we use the word of God to understand the scope of God’s plan for our lives. Our circumstances cannot erase the plan that God has for our lives. Psalm 139:13, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
What people call you is not nearly as important as who you are.
Although my name change reflected my relationship with my husband, the role that I performed at school remained the same. If a teacher needed assistance with a curriculum resource, it didn’t matter what they called me because my responsibilities did not change. It would be absurd for me to get “hung up” on what they called me when the essence of what they needed was not related to my name. In other words, the assignment that God has called me to fulfill must take place in spite of what I am called.
As we move forward in the last days of 2017, don’t allow what others call you or say about you—good or bad—prevent you from recognizing who you really are. Use these affirmations from God’s word:
· I am justified and redeemed. (Romans 3:24)
· I am accepted in the beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)
· I am no longer a slave to sin; I am a child of God. (Galatians 4:7)
· I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. (II Corinthians 3:14)
Once you recognize who you are in Christ, nothing will by any means harm or stop you!