Called to be saints.
Living in New Orleans the word “saints” takes on a different connotation. Of course the term “New Orleans Saints” has taken on a new love and devotion since Hurricane Katrina; the whole world became Saints fans in the year that pigs flew and hell froze over. New Orleans also has a strong Catholic heritage. For the Catholic, the saints become a major part of their faith, even to the place of praying to “saints” who are perceived as having the Father’s ear.
For the born again Christian, the word “saints” takes on a different meaning. The Bible use of the word “saint” was in reference to all who had become a son or daughter of God by faith in Christ. Are you a saint? If Christ is your Lord; absolutely! Here is how Charles Spurgeon describes saints.
“We are very apt to regard the apostolic saints as if they were saints in a more especial manner than the other children of God. All are saints whom God has called by His grace, and sanctified by His Spirit; but we are apt to look upon the apostles as extraordinary beings, scarcely subject to the same weaknesses and temptations as ourselves. Do not, then, look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins; and do not regard them with that mystic reverence which will almost make us idolaters. Their holiness is attainable even by us. We are called to be saints by that same voice which constrained them to their high vocation. It is a Christian’s duty to force his way into the inner circle of saintship; and if these saints were superior to us in their attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us emulate their ardor and holiness. We have the same light that they had, the same grace is accessible to us, and why should we rest satisfied until we have equalled them in heavenly character? They lived with Jesus, they lived for Jesus, therefore they grew like Jesus. Let us live by the same Spirit as they did, looking unto Jesus, and our saintship will soon be apparent.”
So I dedicate today’s devotion to the New Orleans Saints. Not to our beloved football “saints”, but to the church in New Orleans, those who have been purchased by His blood. We have the same access into the Father’s presence as those powerful first century saints. We can come boldly before His throne today and find grace to help in our time of need.