BE A SAINT

Who is a saint, and when does one become a saint? There are

people who think sainthood is pronounced upon a person after

their death, based on how good/holy they lived. According to the

Scriptures, saint is another name for Christian. The apostle Paul

addressing the Church at Ephesus called them saints; “Paul, an

apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus,

the faithful in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:1). These addressees were alive,

so one does not need to be dead to be called a saint. Hence those

of us who are in the body of Christ Jesus are saints, whether we

are in or out of our individual earthly bodies.

 

Having established that we are saints, we should also establish

that unless the Lord draws us we cannot come to Him (see John 6:44),

and therefore sainthood is a calling. Paul writing to the church

in Rome addressed them this way, “To all in Rome who are loved

by God and called to be saints” (Romans 1:1). The online dictionary

defines Call as: 1) Making a request or demand, 2) Speaking

in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance, and one

of the definitions for to be: is to become. So CALLED TO BE

SAINTS means, God requested/demanded that we become

saints. To become something different from what we are requires

a transformation from one state of being to another; example:

going from a cocoon to a butterfly. We are transformed from a

state of unbelief/ungodliness to belief/faith in Christ, resulting in

the newness of life and the renewal of the mind. We are not called

to act like saints; we are called to be saints.

 

Sainthood is not a cloak we put on and take off when we feel

like it. We are to be saints around the clock, 24/7. It should be

our new nature, our state of being. We are to be saints at home,

away from home, when we are awake and when we are asleep. We

should be saints at all times; in the company of believers as well

as in the company of unbelievers, no matter what. ‘Saint’ should be

our identity; the identity by which we are known.

 

How can we vibrantly maintain our sainthood? Let’s compare

sainthood to professions in the circular world. We need to have the

mindset that we are saints. We need to learn all we can about being

saints, by studying the manual for saints, by attending in-services,

seminars, and training sessions about saints. This will equip us to

get better at being saints. The word says we should not neglect the

assembling together of the saints, as some are in the habit of doing,

but we should encourage one another (see Hebrews 10:25). It also says we

should correctly handle the word of truth. (see 2 Timothy 1:5). Every so

often, professionals go through certification and re-certification

to ensure their skills and knowledge are up to date. We receive

our certifications and re-certifications through the trials we go

through to confirm that we are applying the lessons we learn on

how to maintain our sainthood.

 

Sainthood is ongoing, and takes perseverance. We should get

better at being saints with the passage of time as we keep our gaze

on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (see Hebrews 12:2).