I would like to be a saint. I would also like someone to give me a million dollars. Most of us don’t believe either of those things are going to happen to us, because in some ways we want to get holy like someone who wins the lottery. We want it to just magically happen.
I think we sometimes believe that the greatest of saints are sort of like superheroes who realize they are born with superpowers. In some ways this is true. Saints realize God made them for greatness. However, this is also true about you.
Holiness does not mean looking exactly like every other Christian. The saints are great models, but Jesus doesn’t need another Saint Therese because he already has one. He desires for you to be a saint and has created you to be a saint.
God has created you with purpose and meaning. Only you can reflect him in a very unique way because no one else is quite like you. The simplest definition of holiness is being exactly the person God created you to be.
The church says there is a universal call to holiness. Translation: each of us are not just average Joes, but are born like superheroes with a unique calling and gifting to follow Jesus and be saints.
Each of us are born like superheroes with a unique calling and gifting to follow Jesus and be saints. https://t.co/Vwsy2hFcT7
— Andy Lesnefsky (@RedeemedOnline) May 27, 2016
We born and called to be saints in the water of baptism. Holiness might seem like the most distant reality from your life. The good news is that it is not reliant on your efforts alone. It is our response to God’s free gift of grace (him sharing his life with us), but it always starts with, and is continually reliant on, God working in us. It’s not passive though. We must actively receive this free gift, respond and surrender to him.
Here are a couple of things we should do each day to try to grow in holiness:
- Give your day and your entire life to Jesus everyday.
- Try to acknowledge, receive, and respond to what God is doing/saying to you in your prayer time.
- Get to know who God has made you to be. Saints live bold lives because they intimately know God and because of that have a real sense of who God has made them to be.
What does holiness mean to you? What are some of your favorite saints and what have they taught you about holiness? I would love to hear from you.