Saints of God
The words saints in Psalm 132 drove me to a language study this morning, and one thing I especially love about Hebrew is it always directs you to the heart of God. To call someone a saint, we tend to think he/she has merit- has accomplished something by determination. But a saint would say the basis and the ongoing credit for devotion is wholly due to the unfailing love of God. A saint makes her boast in Christ alone.
I went back to some notes I took last year when Pastor Choco De Jesus addressed thousands of middle and high school students saying, “Everyone and their mother is a Christian, but very few are saints.” So what distinguishes a saint from a Christian? One who is captured by God’s unfailing love toward her in Jesus Christ. The essence of life is defined by this one thing. It’s like comparing a fully clothed woman who is ready for the day to one who only put on earrings. Her Christianity is an accessory, not the main thing.
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ… (Romans 13:14).
If you and I want to encounter something unshakeable in this ever-changing and unpredictable world, we will have to look no further than a total surrender to the love of God given to mankind in His Son. God’s love has been demonstrated to us through the cross of Jesus Christ. Through confession of sin and turning from sin and toward God in total surrender of our lives, He forgives us and makes us new. We confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, the Son of God who came in the flesh, took the punishment of my sin upon Himself, died on the cross and resurrected again. This is not religion and checklists. This is a daily love affair with the lover of our souls. So the saint of God lives in faithful love of God and His ways, because He has first loved her and demonstrates His never-ending love and faithfulness to her.