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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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March 25, 2010 - Saint Jerry?

By Jerry Scott

I really want to be a saint! Saint Jerry has such a cool sound to it. Don’t you agree? Forget the Rev. thing. Just make me a saint. You think I’m joking? I’m totally serious. Actually sainthood is not so farfetched. In fact, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, that status is available to me.

Sainthood is not about comparison with other people. Using that measure, we can all find those much worse (think mass murderers, etc.) alongside whom we all come off as really nice people! But measure me alongside Mother Theresa, and my star dims considerably.

Sainthood is not about earning kudos from others, either. I think I could find at least four people who would write a letter on my behalf. (I have four kids who love me!) But then, I suppose, there would be those whom I have offended along the way who would be compelled to write and set the record straight.

Sainthood is not about compiling a record of good works or holy deeds. OK, now you’re stumped, right? Didn’t you think this saint thing was all about good words and holy deeds? Well, it is, kind of. Saints do those kind of things, but it is because they are already saints. Those actions are not what make them saints.

The Scripture speaks frequently about being a ‘saint.’ Here’s the deal, disciple. God declares you and me to be saints, not because we’re good enough, but because Christ Jesus imputes (gives us status we cannot earn) His perfect righteousness to us (Romans 4:24). In common terms, we are saints because of who we know, not because of what we do! Yes, I really am Saint Jerry, though the practical evidence of that status is still being worked out in my life. The Bible says we are “beloved of God, called to be saints” (Romans 1:7, NKJV). Repeatedly in his letters to the churches scattered across the Roman Empire, Paul addresses “the saints.” Take a look. “The Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” (Romans 8:27, NIV) “To the saints … the faithful in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 1:1).

So, we ask, did that first-century Church have a lot of very holy, especially wonderful, extraordinarily spiritually gifted people? Yes, and no. They were Christians just like you and me — some days very good, and some days, not so holy at all. But always saints. Here’s what we must never forget: A saint is a person who is called to be one of God’s own people, whose sins are forgiven in Christ Jesus, and in whom the Spirit of God is presently at work!

Peter reminds us of the work of the Trinity that is doing a transformational work in us. “This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people [saints]. … God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:1,2 NLT).

So, dear saint … yes, YOU … give thanks today for that high and holy calling. Focus on the faithfulness of the One who called you into His holy family. Then, make it your intent to conform your life to your true identity as one of God’s own saints.

“I … beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace” (Ephesians 4:1-3).

Saint Jerry — I really like that!

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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