Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Philippians 4:21-23
I have done something today that I have not done before; I have highlighted one word in today’s verse, saint. When someone mentions a saint who pop into your mind? Maybe you think of one of the saints recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. Possibly you think about Saint Paul or Saint John. Or saint Nicolas. The one saint that probably does not cross your mind is you.
You see long before churches started to recognize saints as especially holy people who performed miracles Paul writes about the saints. The saints he was referring to were the believers in the church, us. Everyone who has accepted Christ is a saint. No church confers this sainthood, God does.
We are each special, set aside from the unbeliever, God’s people. Yes, I know I don’t act like a saint much of the time. But my actions do not remove my sainthood. I am unfinished a work in progress that God will finish in His time. Little by little He is changing me into the saint He already knows me to be.
God does not just see me as I am, He see the finished product. God is like the sculptor who sees in a block of stone the finished statue. As He slowly chips away the old me to allow the new me to show I am changing. Sometimes I do not see the progress and other times it looks like I am going backwards. I know those around me do not always see the progress. Fortunately God see the progress. He sees how He is changing me and that is all that matters.
So the next time someone mentions saints, don’t think about someone else, think of yourself. You are a saint.
Have a blessed day,
We have made it through Philippians together. Over the next few days I would like to look at the passion and crucifixion. Then if God wills I will try to book of Romans. Please continue to pray for me and this endeavor.