Genesis 17:5-6 ESV
No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you.
When we say that someone has “made a name for themselves”, it generally means that people know who they are because of what they’ve accomplished. But tying our identity to our past achievements can be an inaccurate and unstable way to define who we are.
If we believe that succeeding at something makes us a success, then won’t we naturally believe that failing at it makes us a failure? It’s nearly impossible to step out of our comfort zones and take chances in life if we’re convinced that our identity rides on the outcome.
While there’s nothing wrong with receiving recognition for our accomplishments, our identity is given to us by God alone. When God changed Abram’s name, His reasoning was based on events that hadn’t even happened yet — promises that He alone would fulfill! Once we’re secure in the knowledge of who we are, we can be free to fearlessly live out His plans for our lives.