Saint Dawn and Other Everyday Saints

28 Oct

Some children were told to come to their church dressed up like one of the Old Testament saints. They  arrived in costumes of famous Bible characters, but the pastor was puzzled by one girl’s choice.

“Kimberly, I can’t figure out who you are supposed to be,” the Pastor said.

Kimberly, in a dog costume smiled. “I’m Saint Bernard!” LOL!

There’s a lot of opinions when it comes to “saints.”

Many people in Roman Catholicism and some Anglican churches celebrate “All Saints’ Day” on November 1st as a commemoration of those who have attained “sainthood” in their  tradition. Other denominations use All Saints’ Day to celebrate all Christians who have passed away in their local congregations.

To be honest, I’m more concerned with what the Bible says about sainthood than what any church or church tradition teaches.

Some Christians believe that saints are only people in Bible history like David, Daniel and Esther, but that’s not true. The Old Testament Hebrew talks about regular people who were called “sacred, holy, or dedicated,” and the Greek word hagios means “holy, sacred, pious, and consecrated to God.” The saints in scripture were people who were declared holy and set apart for God and the Kingdom of God.

Moses – an Old Testament saint

In the Old Testament, saints were people who looked to Jehovah God and trusted him for the coming Messiah who would redeem them from their sins. In the New Testament, God included the Body of Christ in the Church. We see this in Ephesians 4:12: “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”

We are not perfect or sinless; we are only saints because we are connected to the One God provided to make us holy. We are “in Christ.” So we are declared saints in God’s eyes, but also encouraged to be saints on the earth … we are called to be holy (1 Corinthians 1:2). We are called to act like saints. Our salvation is secure in Christ, but God is working out that salvation in our behavior every day — making us more like His Son (Romans 8:29; Philippians 1:6; 2 Corinthians 3:18). Those who know the Lord will want to be holy (1 John 3:3).

“Saint Dawn” because of Jesus

In the biblical sense, because I am alive in Christ, I am just an everyday saint named Dawn… and you are Saint __________ (fill in your name) if you know Him too. God wants us to be holy, not behaving in impure, ungodly ways. Even the world knows that a saint should be holy ~ it’s the “proper” lifestyle of one who knows God: “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.” We are to act in “a manner worthy of the saints” (Romans 16:2).

So biblical saints (those who have received Jesus by faith in what He accomplished for us in his life, death, and resurrection) are alive here on earth right now! We are living saints, declared righteous, glorifying and enjoying God, doing His will and serving one another. It’s not about us ~ we are not to be worshiped as saints ~ it’s all about God and worshiping Him alone.

In the Bible, the word is usually plural ~ the “saints” (Acts 9:13, 32 and more than 60 other scriptures). Paul did refer to it in the singular once, but it’s clear that there were more than one saint. We don’t stand alone as saints. We are part of the beautiful body of Christ, and we need one another.

Sometimes we saints are called to suffer for our connection to Christ (Acts 26:10), so we must encourage one another. And we must never forget to pray for the suffering saints ~ our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world.

Are you a saint because of the work of Christ in your life? If so, how is God working in your heart to make you more like Jesus?

– Dawn

One Response to “Saint Dawn and Other Everyday Saints”

  1. Lynn Mosher October 29, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    Such a great post, Dawn! Great minds think alike…this has been on my mind for a couple of days. I am always bothered when someone says they are only a sinner saved by grace. It’s only a half truth. After being saved, and in Christ, as you said, we are considered saints. I wish more thought like you do! Blessings to you!

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