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Devotional - week of June 26, 2005


JOYFUL SAINTHOOD

To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints … 1 Corinthians 1:2

Is a saint a person who has walked with God many years? Is a saint someone who is unusually spiritual? Neither of these definitions is correct. What is a saint? In 1 Corinthians 1:2 Paul calls his readers saints. Later he calls them carnal, and none of them had been believers for years.

A saint is a person who has received Jesus as his Lord and Savior. The word “saint” means one who is set apart. Paul calls the readers of his letter to Ephesus saints. He also calls them God’s “inheritance.” When God called us to salvation, He set us apart to Himself to be His inheritance.

When a saint does not live up to his title of saint, life will be empty and unfulfilling. When a saint lives out his sainthood, life takes on a quality of joyfulness. This is true even though there may be many uncomfortable circumstances along the way.

The one way a saint can maintain continuing availability to God is by experiencing his oneness with Christ. The result is ongoing “joyful sainthood.”

When we live out our sainthood, we are Spirit-filled believers, and the fruit of the Spirit is … joy.

Spirit-filled believers are fruitful for God, and fruitfulness in the Kingdom is always accompanied with joyfulness.

Spirit-filled believers are experiencing freedom from sins that have caused them grief and robbed them of joyfulness.

Spirit-filled believers are filled with joyfulness because of a deep, inner awareness that they are living as God intended for them to live.

Sainthood living—accompanied with its joyfulness—is available to every believer. It is available now. Living out the title of saint is the believer’s decision to make. If you are one of God’s saints, have you made the decision to live according to your title?