Day 3: You Are a Saint
The Scriptures are full of statements that have challenged all of humanity for generations. For example, the Bible reveals to us the ugliness of sin and the impact it has in our lives. Romans 3:23 reveals that “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” While sin is a reality in all of our lives, God doesn’t always want us to view ourselves as ‘less than,’ ‘ugly,’ or ‘insignificant.’ In fact, all throughout the New Testament, the Apostle Paul reminds those who are followers of Jesus that we are exactly the opposite – we are saints. While some translations read “God’s Holy people,” the meaning is the same. Some examples include:
Romans 1:7 – To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints.
Ephesians 1:1 – Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus.
Philippians 1:1 – Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi.
1 Corinthians 1:2 – To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.
As you read today, consider this: Do you consider yourself to be a saint? Why or why not?
Why do you think the Apostle Paul began so many of his letters reminding those reading them that they are saints?
Do you consider yourself to be a saint? If not, what are some steps you can take this week to remind yourself that you are a saint?
Is there a friend or loved one who can regularly remind you that you are a child of God? A friend of God? A saint? — Is it possible God is inviting you to be that voice in somebody else’s life?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Genesis 42-43
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, thank you for not just calling me Your son or daughter, but you have also called me Your friend. Your friendship is constantly revealing to me the intentions and purpose of true friendship. Today, I invite you to reveal to me ways in which I sometimes use some of my friendships for my own gain. Help me to see these relationships in new ways. Help me to see these relationships in the same way You see me. I pray in the name of Jesus, my best friend. Amen.
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