Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:21 NRSV)
I have a question for you. Who are you? It sounds like a simple question requiring a simple answer, but it really isn't. For example, you might say, "I'm Fred Smith."
And I might say, "No, that's your name. Who are you, really?"
You might reply, "Oh, I'm a bank manager."
"No," I would say, "that's what you do."
"I'm an American," you might declare.
"That's where you live."
"I'm a [Baptist]," you might retort.
"That's your denominational preference."
You could also give your height and your weight and say something about what you look like. But your physical dimensions and appearance aren't you either. Who are you? Would it offend you if I said you are a saint?
Now, I say that might offend you, because most of us don't really like saints. Oh, St. Nicholas perhaps, because he brings us presents at Christmas. Or St. Francis. He liked animals. But real saints in the here and now tend to make us uncomfortable.
However, each one of us is a saint, of course, only because of Jesus our savior!
Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus so that I may be a saint in your heavenly kingdom. Amen.
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