Devotions by Ray Stedman -A New Man and a New Name- A daily devotion for May 28th

Topic:A New Man and a New Name
A daily devotion for May 28th
Read the Scripture: Acts 11:25-26

Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. Acts 11:25-26

When he had learned that, the Lord sent Barnabas over to Tarsus to find him. Now God had his address all the time. Barnabas didn’t; he had to look for him. But when he found him he brought him to Antioch, ready to begin his great worldwide ministry, that marvelous ministry of the Apostle Paul that shook the world and has changed the course of human history time after time.
We then learn of another first: the disciples were for the first time called Christians. It is clear from this brief statement that it was not the Christians themselves, but the people of Antioch who called them that. The word means, those belonging to Christ, or Christ’s men. As these Christians talked about Jesus to men everywhere — Jesus the Christ, the Messiah — the Gentiles around them labeled them Christ’s men. At first it was a contemptuous term, a term of reproach. Look at these crazy people! They come into our city, they don’t worship our idols, they live lives entirely different from ours. So, contemptuously they called them Christ’s men, Christians. But the disciples thought it was wonderful to be called Christ’s men, so they adopted the name and called themselves Christians. That is why today we are called Christians.
Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of being called a Christian. May my life reflect all that you are as you live your live in me and through me.
Life Application: Do we regard lightly the name ‘Christian’? Consider the words of Isaiah 43:7: ‘…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made’. Are we honored, awed and humbled by the power of His life-changing Presence?
We hope you were blessed by this daily devotion.

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