Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm a Saint!

I'm a saint! That's right! I said it. I'm a saint! But guess what? So are you! I know when your children are arguing in the back of your van and you're yelling "Be quiet!" at the top of your lungs while you are going 75 mph in a 65 mph zone trying to get to your destination, you just might not feel like a saint! Neither do I. Who do you think I just described above? But regardless of how you feel God still considers us saints.

Last week I reminded you that we are God's children, adopted into the family of God. We were strangers but are now daughters. Because when we accept Christ Jesus into our lives, our spiritual position changes. We were far off but now are brought near. In Ephesians 2:19 it reads, "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people (saints) and members of God's household." We were lost but now are found! At the moment of our conversion, our position changed! In Ephesians 1:1 Paul describes the church of Ephesus as saints. We have been set apart. Please read further on what God's Word says about us as saints in Ephesians 3:8, 4:11-13, 5:3, 6:18. ( In the New International Version of the Bible, the word saint is sometimes translated "God's people" or "God's holy people".)

Now that we have been reminded of our position, what do we do about it? We are set apart for what? In Ephesians 1:18 Paul wrote, "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints...". We have a hopeful, rich future on this earth and waiting for us in Heaven. Being a saint means to be set apart. We are set apart to worship God, serve fellow believers, and reach those outside of the family. When we're saints positionally, we need to act accordingly as we are growing up in Christ.

Here's the key- we are growing up which means we're not perfect. Sometimes we need to focus more attention on the awe of our position instead of always thinking of our failures and frustrations. I know its hard to do because we are reminded daily of how we didn't act like a saint. Instead change your focus on how great God is that despite all your mess ups, your position does not change. God still says, "you're mine, you're a saint, you're forgiven, and I love you."

"For I am convinced that 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 8:37-39

Blessings Saints,

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