SUGGESTED READING: EPHESIANS 1:15 -23
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” – Ephesians 1:18
Saintliness is not built on admiration for Jesus Christ. It is not simply a reflected glory due to one’s nearness to our Blessed Lord. It is not refined sensitivity or a subtle religious genius. The stately beauty of a saint is not a reformed edition of carnality.
A saint is the work of our Master Workman, the Lord Jesus Christ. The saint i one who – on this good mother earth, amid the sordid and sacred days of time – has the glory of the Lord.
Saintliness is the product of Calvary and Pentecost where our Lord Jesus Christ dug our souls
From central gloom
And heated hot with burning fears,
And dipped in baths of hissing tears,
And battered by the shades of doom
To shape and use.
The saint is one who loves the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength and loves his neighbor as himself (Mark 12:30-31). Saints tread this earth with human feet while creation “groaneth and travaileth in pain,” waiting for full redemption (Romans 8:22).
If this life is so glorious now, what will it be when our Lord returns?
Prayer Thought: “Many times, Lord, I sense my need of more of You, so that I may better understand how to be a true saint of God.” Amen.
SOURCE: Culled from DEVOTIONS FOR A DEEPER LIFE BY OSWALD CHAMBERS.