Who is a saint?
Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2008 5:51 pm
The Messenger. 11.06.08 Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association Scripturally, the name “saint” is given to people who are called to holiness. In this sense, all who are called to follow Christ are called to be saints. Defined as such, the emphasis is on the word holiness, be that personal holiness, as we live each moment in and for Christ, as well as the holiness of the church. The very word “saint” does not, and cannot, stand alone. Scripture uses it as a collective noun. We discover that scripture teaches us that the saints of God are every believer whom God has called by His grace and sanctified by His Holy Spirit. When we pause to recall those who have influenced our lives and our Christian formation, we can’t help but think of men and women, some of whom are recorded in church tradition, as well as others such as our parents and grandparents, who led us in the way of faith, teaching us day by day to be more like Jesus. Hanging in my office is a handmade cross-stitch, made and given to me by a dear friend, former church member and saint that states, “Saints are sinners who keep on trying.” As children of God saved by grace, we are called to full salvation that calls all believers to sainthood. I Corinthians 1:2-3 says, “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (NKJV) Rev. Kenny Locke Pleasant Valley and Shady Grove United Methodist churches