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Live Like the Saint of God’s Calling

Today, show forth the calling you have from Christ. Consider yourself a saint, and live like it.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Colossians 1:2, ” To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. “

Background

Who or what comes to mind when you hear the word ” saint? ” Do you immediately think of yourself? If not, why not? What is it in your definition of a saint that seems to exclude you from making the grade? I took a few minutes to read up on the steps to canonization that the Roman Catholic Church follows, and if they are what you are using to determine whether you are a saint or not, then I can understand your hesitation. First, you must have been dead at least five years, unless this waiting period is waived by the pope himself. That throws a wrench in self-assessment right from the start. Then a bishop gives permission for your life and its works to be examined, followed by the exhuming of your body to ensure no cult has developed around you or your tomb. If you make that cut, your congregation recommends that you be declared heroic in virtue, that both theologically (faith, hope, love) and practically (justice, temperance), you were virtuous to an heroic degree. People are also encouraged to pray for a miracle wrought by your intercession as a sign that God desires your sainthood. Next, you are given the title of ” Blessed, ” stating that the church believes you are in heaven and can intercede on its behalf. That’s automatic for a martyr, but otherwise requires one of those miracles by your intercession. Finally, if all has gone well, and a second miracle has come on your behalf, canonization is complete and you are now a Saint. You are granted your own feast day, and churches may be named after you.

Application

Now, I mean no disrespect, but I struggle to perceive that process being implied in Paul’s address to the Colossians. But what I also struggle to see is a bunch of saints living in my house or all around town. Paul seems to expect saintly, distinct living from followers of Christ. Being called a saint should confirm it, but it also should demand it. Our lives should be examination worthy right now, not five years after we’re gone. So pass the test now, and live like a saint should live.

Charge

As we seek Him today, show forth the calling you have from Christ. Consider yourself a saint, and live like it.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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