Pastor’s Corner – For All the Saints!
This weekend, we will celebrate All Saints’ Day at Cross. We will spend some time reflecting on the 139 years of saints that have gone before us, their influence and our blessings. We will also consider our role as the current saints at Cross; our influence on the next generation of saints, and the blessings we will leave behind.
Do you have trouble thinking of yourself as a current saint? Don’t worry, most of us do. In fact, one of the devil’s most effective strategies is to convince everyday sinners like you and me that we are just that—sinners. If we see ourselves only as sinners then we will usually avoid trying to influence the world around us. If we only see the sin in ourselves, we doubt our ability to influence others and our mind is filled with inward focused questions. “What do I know? What good am I? Who am I to judge? I make mistakes, too!” All of these and more are excuses we come up with because we see ourselves only as flawed people and leave God’s “Holy work” to someone else. We invalidate our influence and our identity by remaining silent.
But, God says we are more than mere sinners, we are saints, too! The blood of the Lamb has washed us clean from our sin. Our sin has been removed from us “as far as the east is from the west.” Our baptismal waters have flooded us with his grace and made “your body a temple of the Holy Spirit.” The same power that rose Christ from the dead and spoke the universe into being now dwells in you and me. How can we let a lack of faith or questions of doubt contain that great strength?!?!
Being a Saint is synonymous with being a disciple. A Disciple is one who asks “What is God saying to me?” and “What am I going to do about it?” If we are asking those two questions instead of the questions of self-doubt the Devil and our flesh put in our mind, we will fulfill the Will of God. A Disciple and a Saint do one thing; they dwell in Christ and let Him dwell in them. This abiding in Christ gives your life meaning, power and direction. This abiding ensures your sin does not define you; instead your sin allows you to put the full power of God on display as you confess your sin and receive His holiness and righteousness.
All Saint’s Day is a great opportunity to remember that we are numbered with the believers. We are numbered with God’s children. Our past, our present and our future are in God’s hands and His hands are working for our best interest. Join the saints of God as we live for Him, work for Him, love for Him!
You are forgiven, redeemed, adopted, restored and filled with the Spirit. May His light shine in you and through you to impact those around you and those who will come after you. To Him alone be the Glory.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17