What does it mean to be a saint? In 1 Peter, we are given an identity check:
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
(1 Peter 2:9-10, NASB)
Here we are told three things:
- Who we are ”“ We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.
- What we are to be ”“ Holy.
- How this is done in us ”“This work is done solely in and through the work of Christ.
To be holy means we are being set apart for a purpose. There should be something distinguishing us from all others. So the question becomes …
What does it mean to live like a saint?
- We understand the work God has done for us. “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22, NIV). God does the work in us; we do not do it for ourselves. We are simultaneously saint and sinner.
- We reflect God’s work in our lives. “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2, NIV). We are to let our vocations, those things that we do each and every day, be the avenue in which we share our story and meet the needs of others.
- We remind ourselves of God’s Presence in our life. There is never a time in which God is not active in our lives. We must learn to recognize Him during the day. “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you” (1 Samuel 12:24, NIV). That word, “consider” in the Hebrew means, “to understand intellectually, examine, investigate” (Old Testament Lexical Aids). We are to think about Him, staying so focused on Him, that we come to recognize Him at work in our day.
We are already what Christ has made us, and we are becoming what He is making us.
It is a past, current and continuous work in our lives.
Have you ever thought about the seeds you sow? Nylse Eshac shares a wonderful acronym to encourage us to create positive physical and spiritual habits. You can read her post “Seeds” HERE.
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