Obvious Saints, Part Two

Each of us is obviously a sinner. I use the term “obviously” because
anyone who has the capacity to think and process and act does wicked things at
one time or another. That is, everyone who is emotionally mature enough to
know right from wrong sometimes makes poor choices. We think things that we
should not think. We say aloud things that never should be said aloud (or that
should not even be thought, for that matter—see the prior sentence). We do
things that we know we should not do. We lash out in vulgar ways, and we do
this verbally, physically, mentally, and sometimes violently. We direct our ire and
our irritations at people (most often those closest to us), at circumstances
(exceedingly few of which we have the power to change), and at life in general (a
life which we were never guaranteed would be long, easy, or just).
Even Christian people struggle with feelings of hate, avarice, lust, and
self-centeredness. Forasmuch as we try to follow Jesus, it is not surprising that
there are moments in life—or even entire seasons in life—in which we fail to
present our best selves. Generally speaking, we are liable to find ourselves
joining the “rat race,” chasing after what the world deems important. Along the
way, when godly wisdom returns to us and we look back on our impolitic
behavior, we discover that, in those basest moments, we were trampling afoot
others solely for the cause of our own advancement. Consequently, we see that,
instead of doing any real good in this world, we were in reality in those dark times
inhibiting the work that God has determined he will do through us.
Our selfish disregard for what is righteous and holy, regardless how
occasional or rare it may be, serves to undermine the mission of God in our
world. Point of fact: God does not need us to do what he wants to do. Yet God
has chosen his chosen as vessels through whom his work “among the nations”
will be accomplished. God has selected us in Jesus Christ to be agents of his
cause. God has designated those who are weak and foolish and of no account to
be purveyors of his message, his concern, and his love. It is thus true that we are
called to be his ambassadors, representatives of the perfect and immeasurable
love of God that God demonstrates freely in Jesus. We are tasked with living in
ways both tangible and intangible that mirror the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We are beholden to this great God to be emissaries of the joys and benefits and
necessity of a life lived in submission to him.
Each of us is obviously a sinner. But in Christ, each of us is obviously a
saint, too. That is what we are called by our God. That is the name and the status
that God himself bestows upon us. We are sinners, yes. Yet, far more than that,
we are saints. We are a people made holy who are fortified to be about the
sacred business of showing Christ to a lost world. We are obvious saints.

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