For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 8:38-39

My True Identity


I’m just starting a study of Isaiah, and have been enjoying the devotional, Isaiah by the Day. It’s a wonderful daily devotional that walks through the book of Isaiah. I’m reading it along with the author’s commentary Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary, both by Alec Motyer. I love his writing style, precision, and his passion for the book of Isaiah.
Today, he opened up Isaiah 1:4 for me in a convicting way. The stark contrast between who the people were as redeemed people of God, and how they had shamefully become corrupt evildoers is sad.
“Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.”
Motyer says these nouns of privilege (underlined) define God’s people: they are a unique nation, redeemed people, brood (or seed) of Abraham, children of God. However, they had lost their identity and shamefully become sinful, guilt-ridden, evildoers, acting corruptly.
As I meditated on this verse and read the corresponding devotional thought for the day, I was challenged to consider my own life in light of this passage. Do I consistently live according to my true identity and new nature in Christ, or according to my sinful nature? Praise God that my sinful nature is not my primary identity anymore. My sinful nature has been crucified (Rom 8:9; Gal 2:20, 5:24; 2 Pet  1:3-5), my spirit is renewed and my new self is created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph 4:24).
Lord, help me to live according to my true identity in you, so that I may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9).

Author: Kristie

Kristie is a pastor's wife, mom, Bible teacher, and author of His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God, which will be released in September. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Women's Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust, helping to equip women Bible teachers. She joyfully supports her husband of almost 28 years, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC. They have 3 children. She has written contributions to the ESV Women's Devotional Bible; Word-Filled Women's Ministry: Loving and Serving the Church; Women on Life: A Call to Love the Unborn, Unloved and Neglected; and Hospitality Matters: Reviving an Ancient Practice for Modern Missions. Her work can also be found at The Front Porch, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Christianity Today, and Revive Our Hearts. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@kanyabwile).

2 thoughts on “My True Identity

  1. Hi Kristie, I bought this book and have plans to start it in the Fall. Somehow I must have missed that Motyer had a commentary to go with it also. I may have to look into that. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it, I look forward to hearing how it progresses for you.


    • Hey Sister! Thanks for stopping by! Clarification-the commentary is his classic commentary on Isaiah, but much of the material in the devotional is an echo of what’s presented in the commentary. It makes them feel like they go together. Sorry if I confused you.

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