While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 8 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day twenty-four with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be a saint.
Called To Be a Saint
“To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.“
Romans 1:7 (NIV)
What do you think of when you hear the word saint? Why? Who do you first think of when you think about a saint? Why? Is it a word you think of often when considering your own life? Why? How much of your life do you allow God to use? Are you sure? Is there a difference between God using a person’s actions and God having exclusive use of a person? Explain. How do you feel about being called by God to be a saint? Why? According to God, what makes a person a saint? Explain.
While common use of the word may make sainthood appear unattainable to the average Christian, God’s calling is much broader. In fact, He calls every believer to be a saint — a person set apart for God’s exclusive use. In this way, being a saint isn’t dependent on our goodness or our special deeds but it is completely dependent on a full surrender to the goodness of God and a willingness to do His work. We don’t “earn” the title of saint by our good deeds, rather we live life doing the good works God created in advance for us because we have been called by God to be a saint — and that’s what His saints do!
As you pray about being called to be a saint, ask God to help you evaluate why you do the good that you do. Pray that you would be obedient to the things of God because He has called you to be set apart for Him, not in order to earn some special title. Pray that you would carefully consider what things are appropriate for you to do as one fully surrendered to God. Pray that your life would reflect Jesus to others as you give Him authority over everything you do.