Friday, March 19, 2010
A few earthly types were saints, or at least my mother called them that. "She's a saint to put up with him," she would moan when a certain couple walked down the street. Saints were regular humans whom God had given Job's patience and Mary's virtue. Saints didn't live in our house!
Or maybe they did.
God's word says one who calls on the name of Jesus as Savior also claims the title of Saint. The precious Holy Spirit even intercedes for believers (the saints) in accordance with God's will.
That ornery neighbor just might be a saint. So might your uppity friend. Through kinsmanship with Christ, believers possess the very power inherent in Christ Jesus.
But a saint shouldn't...let a bad word slip or kick a cabinet or think very black thoughts about friends and family...should she?
No, a saint shouldn't...and doesn't...when handing over her life's controls to Christ.
"When a man is rightly related to God, it is the Holy Ghost who works through him, and as long as he maintains the will to believe, the will to receive, and the will to obey, the life of Jesus is manifested in his mortal flesh.(Oswald Chambers 351)"
If you call on Christ as savior, you have been added to the roll of Saints! If you surrender self to Christ, others will recognize your saintly behavior and link you with Christ.