Conversion


Newspapers ran a story about a 55-year old North Florida man who went to a judge with an unusual request. He asked the judge to allow him to change his name to "God." The judge refused, so the man went a second time with an alternative. He asked to have his name changed to "I am who I am," the translation of the name God in the Old Testament. The judge agreed, so the man's first name is "I am" and his last name is "Who I am." The man said that his decision was based on his recent conversion.
If this man wanted to honor God, a better way would be to live out the principles taught by the Lord. There is a sense, however, in which all believers have had their names changed. We have been called "Christian."

-Michael Shannon, Preaching January/February 2003