Monday, Aug. 29
Pastor Doug has been reading a Jonathan Edwards book and we are the beneficiaries. Jonathan Edwards said that we are to be “visible saints.” Just being a saint is daunting enough. I realize that he’s not referring to the RCC version of sainthood, and that the Scripture refers to all born again believers as saints. I also realize that we are declared saints on the basis of belief in the cleansing from sin that Christ provided for us on the cross. So it’s possible to be a saint without doing a very good job of performing like a saint. So I don’t feel altogether comfortable about being called a saint. But the word “visible” is what caught my attention. I’m fairly certain that when Edwards used this word, he did not envisage standing behind a pulpit talking to a few hundred people, nor was he limiting it to people like Martin Luther or John Wesley. It is not a matter of being in the limelight or of gaining renown as a Christian speaker or leader. I think he meant that we should be viewed as servants of the Lord, living godly lives in order to draw people to the Lord. And I think it includes encouraging and ministering to one another as Christians. It also means being a mouthpiece for the Lord, ready at any moment to share the good news with those who need to hear it. I repeat; it’s daunting.