Saintly Sinners

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I find it humorous some of the nicknames that we have for one another and people’s reactions to those nicknames. Last year I met a guy who we started calling “Pastor J” because he would consistently preach little mini sermons to us. At work, some of my coworkers will call my supervisor a “saint”, which she will quickly deny by listing some fault of hers. Although my coworkers are making a joke, they’re correct, she is a saint as everyone who is in Christ is called to be. 1 Corinthians 1:2 says:

“To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours…”

So, if you’ve been sanctified (the process of becoming more like Jesus), you’ve also been called a “saint”. Now, this isn’t based on our works but Christ’s perfection being “credited” to our lives.

The word that Paul uses for “saint” means “a most holy thing”, and in other areas of the Bible that same greek word is translated “holy”. Wow, this reminds me of verses like Leviticus 20:26 where God said “Be holy, because I, the Lord, am holy”. Usually when I read those verses I think “But God, I can’t be holy!”, but over the years I’ve come to realize that it’s all about that process of becoming holy or like Christ.

We are called to be Saints; we are called to be holy, not because of how great we are but because of how awesome God is. Take some time to just meditate on that truth. What does being a “saint” mean to you? Do you find yourself acting in a way that’s consistent with holiness? What do you do when you find yourself acting in an “un-saintly” manner?

You are a saint, do you believe it?

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