August 28, Monday

The AMI QT Devotionals from August 28-September 3 are provided by Hee Jung Lee. Hee Jung, a graduate of Biblical Theological Seminary, serves at Catalyst Agape Church (New Jersey) along with her husband Pastor Sam Lee. They have four beautiful daughters.

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

“Remember Who You Are”

2 Corinthians 5:21

 God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

I remember when I was growing up, teachers would take roll call before each class. Being that my last name (at that time) began with a Y followed by a u, I was always last—if not second to last—to be called. But this was not only the case in school, but in any situations where names were called by alphabetical order. However, to my delight, this changed when I got married and my last name was changed to begin with L. I had moved up to the middle of the alphabet and was relieved not to have to wait until last all the time. My marriage, the union of myself with my husband, not only sanctioned me this small convenience, but I inherited the rights to his family line, his bank account, his secrets, and in essence—all of him.

In a greater sense, there is a spiritual union with Jesus that we believers have inherited. This union with Jesus where He took upon Himself all of our sins once for all, entitled us to become God’s righteousness. Yes, His righteousness—“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). This means that when God relates with us, He doesn’t see our faults, shortcomings, or sins anymore. Rather, He sees His own righteousness, which has been accredited to us through Jesus’ death on the cross. This is excellent news because this means that when God looks at us, He always sees hope, potential, and in essence, His Son Jesus.

In the light of this truth, we should feel free in many regards: free to take our eyes off of ourselves from introspection and fix them upon Jesus so that we can invest our energy to serving others; free to receive the amazing grace of what God has done and live in the joy of this inconceivable gift; free to see ourselves not as sinners but saints of God and engage life from this perspective that God has established. So, today, let’s live in accordance to our wonderful spiritual heritage, freely given to us by God through Christ!

Prayer: Jesus, thank You for the incredible work on the cross that has brought me such freedom to enjoy my relationship with You. Please help me to take my eyes off of myself and onto You in order that I might embrace the truth of who I am in You, Your righteousness, and be a blessing to others as such. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Bible Reading for today: Isaiah 17


Lunch Break Study

Read: Romans 6:10-11: The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Questions to consider

  1. In what ways are you hard on yourself?
  2. What are some things that God says about you as His righteousness?
  3. How does this truth of who you are in God’s eyes empower you in your daily choices?

Notes

  1. God holds nothing against us and simply enjoys us in the satisfaction of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. Perhaps you need to meditate on the depth of the love God has for you. Meditate on Ephesians 3: 12-19. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any areas that you might need to forgive yourself or ways you may be measuring your worth in vanity.
  2. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how God sees you. Write down whatever He says and seek out verses that confirm that.
  3. If you see yourself as a sinner, you will tend to focus on your wrongdoings and can feel helpless. You may fall into condemnation. But if you see yourself as a saint of God, redeemed and set free from sin, regardless of yourself, you will be empowered to make daily choices centered with Jesus and in His love (because you know what God has done and who He says you are).

Evening Reflection

The day started with you meditating on the truth that you have become God’s righteousness through Jesus. How did you fare today in living from that mindset?

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