A New Name

Just this morning Walmart announced that they will shorten their official name to simply Walmart.

The retail behemoth with more than 11,700 locations around the world announced Wednesday that it will shorten its legal name to Walmart Inc. The move highlights the company’s shift away from building traditional stores toward competing online with rival Amazon.com Inc.

“We felt it was best to have a name that was consistent with the idea that you can shop us however you like as a customer,” said Wal-Mart Chief Executive Doug McMillon. (https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/wal-marts-new-name-its-not-just-a-store-anymore/ar-BBGjaxa?ocid=spartandh).

Several Bible people have had their name changed by God.

  • Abram – Abraham: high father – father of many. (Genesis 17:5)
  • Sarai – Sarah: my princess – mother of nations.  (Genesis 17:15).
  • Jacob – Israel: supplanter – he who has the power of God. (Genesis 32:28)
  • Simon – Peter: God has heard – rock. (John 1:42).
  • Naomi – Mara: beautiful – bitter (Ruth 1:20).

These new names represent major changes in lives.

God has promised a new name to those who have had their lives changed by his grace. Isaiah 62:2 says, “The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.” Revelation records God promises that he will give his people a new name (Revelation 2:17; 3:12). That new name is found in Acts 11:26 where the disciples were first called “Christians.”

This new name is proof of the new character and new life of those who are known by that name. To be known by the name of Jesus is a most prestigious honor and requires the most serious desire to walk in a manner worthy of the name of Christ (Ephesians 4:1). Paul described this challenge in Colossians 2:-6-7, “Therefore, as you receiveChristit Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted an built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

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