About the Humble Saint
Young at heart, a fundamentalist Christian, and continually learning to be a workman approved unto God…
My former pet companion and faithful friend was a true and great Saint – a Saint Bernard. Sadly, he is no longer with us, but his short life had a profound impact upon me, and he has left a great legacy that will live forever.
Humbly I can say, along with other believers in Christ, that I too am a saint, for the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians writes, “To all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi”. In fact, four times Paul addresses “the saints”. This being in his letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians and Philippians. We know that he was not referring to a venerated Catholic patron saint, for there were none at the time. King David too says in Psalm 52:9, “In the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good.”
What I do desire and seek to be though is to be holy, for God commands, “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2). This is one mammoth task, which will no doubt be an ever work-in-progress. Thank God for His grace and mercy!
What I see us needing to keep in the forefront of our minds is this: God may be the same yesterday, today and forever, but that does not mean we must be – we need to keep on growing in the Lord!
And added to it all is the following:
This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man glory (boast) in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory (boast) in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories (boasts) glory (boast) in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising loving-kindness, judgement (justice), and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD (Jeremiah 9:23,24).
Let him who boasts boast in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:31), while also not forgetting that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5).