"Who Dat Say Dey Gonna Beat Dem Saints?" by Pastor Kevin Lynch
I borrowed the chant from the fans of the New Orleans Saints football team.
New Orleans of course being the "home" of "When The Saints Go Marchin' In".
Who are the "saints"? Really.
Plaster statues arranged in ornate cathedrals?
Plastic figures on your parents dashboard?
Nominated and processed dead people by particular religious organizations?
None of the above?
Correctomundo if you picked "none of the above".
The bible says that believers in Jesus Christ are the saints.
We don't have to be nominated for it.
We just are.
We are objects of the intentions of Jesus Christ.
"His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church)".
Dead people (spiritual as well as physical) can't accomplish this.
Disciples of Jesus Christ are consecrated people who's work it is to build up and encourage each other in the faith.
One of the problems in the Body of Christ today is that people are resistant to being perfected and equipped.
Too often the "saint" in Christ doesn't want to stop being ministered to and begin ministering to others.
The Church is designed to operate on take and give, not take and more take.
Sometimes it seems like the Church crawls along rather than briskly walking. Stoop shouldered rather than shoulders back. Defeated rather than victorious.
Recognizing who we are in Christ and a willingness to acquiesce to it would transform the work of Christ on earth.
You're a saint. Be a saint. Perform like a saint.
You da saint!
In all you do today be blessed and a blessing to others!
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><