The AMI QT devotionals for August 13-14 are provided Joe Suh who serves as a pastor intern at the Church of Southland (Anaheim, California). Joe, who was a practicing attorney in the area of civil litigation, is currently enrolled at Talbot School of Theology. He and his wife Betty have been blessed with two beautiful children.
Devotional Thought for Today
“Who Am I?”
I Peter 2:9 (NASB)
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light . . .
Understanding who we are is of the utmost importance. Our identity is what defines us and is ultimately a driving force in who and what we are. However, very often our identity as we see it is wrong, distorted, and taken from the wrong places. Generally, most people are not self-aware, and they are unable to see who they really are.
Often, we feel that we should define ourselves by our careers, financial or marital status or even the successes in life. Sometimes our identity is found in our failures, disappointments and the shortcomings of our life. However, whenever we find our identity in the worldly things we do and possess, we do not understand who we truly are.
For a long time, I found my identity in my career path. At one point in my life I was an attorney. I actually liked it when people asked me what I did for living because I felt a certain pride in saying that I was lawyer. I felt there was prestige in my chosen career path and it artificially pumped up my ego. I know that this was sad and lame, nevertheless, for some reason I did find comfort in it. But in reality that was not who I was; rather, it was what I did. My career is not my identity—my relationship with Jesus is.
Ultimately, for those who have faith that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, our one and only identity is “Child of God” (See Galatians 3:26). No matter what we do or what stage in life we are currently at, the truest explanation of who we are is defined by our relationship with Jesus.
In our verse for today, Peter is quoting from Exodus 19:6. He is reminding us of our true identity and that we are to be separated from the world. Really think about what is being said here. We are set apart in order to proclaim who the true King really is. On our own we do not have standing to be a part of the “holy nation”, however because of our relationship with Jesus, we have a seat at the table and are able to live out the calling in our lives.
By His righteousness we are able to stand before God and be called His children. So no matter what we do or don’t do, no matter what we have or don’t have, our true identity is precious child of God! Amen!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that in Christ I’m able to stand before You and be called Your child. Thank You that no matter what I do or don’t do, no matter what I have or don’t have, my true identity is found in You alone as your precious child. Amen!
Bible Reading for Today: Acts 2
Lunch Break Study
Read Galatians 3:26-28: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Questions to Consider
- When we trust in Jesus for our salvation, what do we instantly become?
- Why is Paul stressing that there is no distinction between race, status or even sex?
- What does it mean to you to be one in Christ Jesus?
- When we have faith in Jesus as our Savior, we instantaneously become sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. This is an important distinction because Jesus is the perfect son sent by God the Father to intercede for all of us. Once we believe, we too are able to stand as God’s children.
- In God’s Kingdom there is no separation of race, status, class or sex. We are all one people. We are all one in Christ. We are God’s chosen people. We are only identified in Christ and He lives in each of us.
- Personal response
As you continue your journey of faith what does it mean to be a child of God? What is the significance of your true identity? How does it affect what you do and how you live? Take some time this evening to pray through these questions and ask God for clarity and direction. I pray that each of us will find new purpose and conviction in living out our lives for Jesus!