A Saint—Who me?
“Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth,
to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus,
called to be saints,
with all that in every place
call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
both theirs and ours.”
1 Corinthians 1:2
Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians addresses them and “all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,” as saints. In chapter 1, he encourages the saints to come together as one in Christ.
What picture appears in your mind when you hear the word saint? A bevy of angelic-like men and women in white robes with a halo resting just above their heads? Hands folded – eyes downcast and a tight thin-lined smile? Or do you see a straight back posture, head held high, and a hint of self-righteousness in the eyes that put you in your place?
My picture contains a collage of people of all sizes, ages, and color. I see young boys laughing at their corny jokes and caring for abandoned baby rabbits. I see young men in suits, t-shirts, and blue jeans working their way through college at computer jobs, convenient stores, and fast-food restaurants. And balding men with wisdom’s wrinkles and steps not so sure.
Mixed in with the guys are the girls showing the boys how to take care of the abandoned animals and rolling their eyes at the boy’s corny jokes; young ladies working as hard as the young men to find their purpose and pay their way in this world. And women who don’t know what a gray hair is, but a few do know what balding is. Their wrinkles reveal a lifetime of wisdom gained in loving service as they continue to show the men how to care for the hurts and pains of life. They still roll their eyes at their corny jokes – whether they can hear the punch line or not.
These pictures show us saints live in every age and stage of life. The apostle Paul tells us why he called the Corinthian believers saints and why you and I are of the same rank.
Saints belong to the church of God – not the denomination but the body of Christ.
“Now ye are the body of Christ,
and members in particular.”
1 Corinthians 12:27
Saints have been set apart from the world as belonging to Jesus Christ.
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus,
who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness,
and sanctification, and redemption:
That, according as it is written,
He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
All saints all over the world are called by the will of God.
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ
have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus …
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children
by Jesus Christ to himself,
according to the good pleasure of his will.”
Galatians 3:27,28; Ephesians 1:4,5
A saint? Yes, you, if you have called on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Savior.
To be called a saint we must accept God’s calling. There is only one path to sainthood and Jesus is his name.
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father,
but by me.” John 14:6
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
For Thought: What is your mind’s picture of a saint? Are you one of God’s saints?
Today’s Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:10-12; What is the work of a saint? Please, share your thoughts or questions in the comments.
A Prayer for You: Heavenly Father, you have made us one in Jesus Christ; called us to be set apart from the world, holy, your saints. May we live to please you and bring you glory.