Called to be saints


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Saint Augustine
Walk in Wisdom – 1 Cor. 1:2

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Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture

Today’s Readings: 1 Cor. 1:2 “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those
sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in
every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and
ours.”

What a powerful statement we read in this verse, “called to be saints.” I wonder
how many today even imagine such a calling, let alone take it to themselves in
all seriousness? But it IS our calling. Every one of us who names the name of
Christ has this precious, transcendent, glorious call upon us. To be called to
Christ, to be called to be a Christian is nothing less than to be called to be
a “saint.” A set-apart one. A holy one. One immediately thinks back to the
erecting of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. How meticulously God instructed
in preparing each minute part, each utensil and piece of furniture. The
garments, the altars, the Table of Show-bread. The Ark and especially its
covering – the Mercy Seat. The Lamp-stand, the curtains, the Breastplate for
the High Priest and even the fringe upon his robe. Everything set apart
exclusively for God’s enjoyment and pleasure. Now that beloved is what it
means for believers to be called to be saints. Marked out for God’s use. Set
apart for His enjoyment and pleasure. Consecrated for use in worship so that
His glory is seen and declared. Finely crafted, each of us, in the most minute
detail of our personalities, gifts, abilities, even down to our physical
characteristics so that He might be revealed to the world, and according to the
good pleasure of His will. Do not take the features you have been born with
lightly. Though the Fall has certainly impacted them, in soul and body, their
native form is wrought by His own hand, and even the places where sin has
brought frailty, scars, corruption and disability, each is redeemed in Christ to
show forth His glory in overcoming sin’s effects to the highest degree. “I praise
you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my
soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being
made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my
unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days
that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious
to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! (Ps. 139:14-
17)

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