Thursday Morning Thankfulness – I Am A Saint

DailyDevotion_1Thursday Morning Thankfulness – Epistles of Paul

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: (Philippians 1:1)

I Am A Saint

There are many reasons why we should call ourselves “Christians.” We wear the name of our Savior and no greater blessing can we share with others than to be known as people of Christ. One of the unique finds of the New Testament is to realize there is never given what we like to think of as an “official” name or title to the church or its people. The early writers referred to the church in many different names and when speaking of the people of God penned beautiful language describing the relationship with the Father. Paul frequently called his brethren “saints.”

The world has a narrow view of what a saint is. To most people the Catholic meaning of saint has taken away the Biblical impression of the true people of God. The real meaning has more to do with those separated to God than the character of a person. We are not saints because we are good. We are saints because God has set us apart to Himself. When we dwell in the presence of our Father then our character will mirror His grace and we will live in such a way to be worthy to be called saints.

Today let us think of our relationship to God and how He has separated us to be His special people. This is called grace. We do not deserve to be brought into the family of God but He loved us enough to open His door through Jesus Christ. We are saints because of HIS love and what a wonderful thought. When we think of ourselves as saints we can know how special we are to the Lord. I am His. He wants me to be with Him. His love is poured out in MY heart. The greatest thought of being a saint is the invitation our Father gives to us in asking us to live with Him in His presence – to see Him face to face.

Thank God I am a Christian because of the blood of my Savior. I am now set apart to be His own special person that He protects, guides, loves and blesses because I am a saint. When I learn how special this is then my life will change to be a life of purity and holiness. Thank you Father.

God creates out of nothing – wonderful, you say; yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful; He makes saints out of sinners. (Søren Kierkegaard, Journal, July 7, 1838)

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