What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.
But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God. And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see him—and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own. 1 John 3:1-3 (MSG)
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10 (NLT)
My name is Rachel Stephenson. I started my life with the name Rachel Brown. The day the judge signed the marriage license, in a moment, I went from being Rachel Brown to Rachel Stephenson. All it took was a few seconds and a few signatures on a piece of paper. That simple transaction carries with it some profound life changes.
It’s more than a name change. I’m Terry’s wife. In Iowa, as those papers were signed, half of all Terry owned became mine, and vice-versa. That piece of paper legally obligates me to half of the debt we incur, even if it’s to purchase stuff I don’t want or use. Once our marriage license was signed, Terry couldn’t sell the house without my signature. I had to get a new nursing license, one with my new name. That little piece of paper changed many legal situations that day.
Other things changed, too. Once I knew I was going to marry Terry, I quit looking for a boyfriend. I was Terry’s and he was mine; period. Now other people are friends and acquaintances whose company I enjoy, but the relationship ends there because I’m married to Terry. That’s my choice; I decided to live that way, long before I signed the license. I know things about Terry and can say things to Terry, that other people don’t and can’t; because I’m his wife and he’s my husband. I have a special relationship with Terry that I don’t have with any other person because of that piece of paper.
If you are a believer, you have a special relationship with God. When you accept Christ’s sacrifice for your sin, you are new! It’s more than a pass into heaven when you die. It’s for life here and now. You become a saint, in the flesh, a living saint.
I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking “I don’t act like a saint. I don’t feel like a saint.” You aren’t perfect, neither am I. You are acquainted with your faults and weaknesses. I know mine well. God knows your faults and weaknesses, too. Still, He calls you chosen, royal, child, and saint! In spite of what you think or how you feel, if you are a believer, you are a child of God, chosen, royal, saintly and a joint-heir with Jesus.
The lie is to believe that you must do something to make yourself holy, saintly or presentable. You can try all you want; you’ll fail only compounding your inferiority. The lie that you aren’t good enough is the lie your enemy uses to keep you wallowing in your failures. It’s the lie that keeps you bound to shame and away from your loving Father’s embrace. It’s the lie that saps the energy from your spiritual life. It’s the lie that turns your zeal for God into the yawn that shrugs, “Why try, I’ll never be good enough anyway.”
Your heavenly Father changed you on the day you accepted Christ’s sacrifice as the remedy for your sinful state. God isn’t waiting until you die to make you a saint. You are a saint, NOW!
How different would you live your life is you felt like a saint? How different would your perspective be if you felt like one of God’s royal heirs? How different would your devotional time be if you felt holy? Think about that for a moment and you’ll understand why Satan uses these lies.
Ignore the lie that God’s love for you is dependent on your actions, thoughts or deeds. The transaction is done. You are changed in God’s eyes. You can live life now as a saint, as a child of the king, as an heir to the throne.
If you can accept that a signature on a piece of paper changes your status here on earth, can you accept that fact that Jesus’ blood changes your status in God’s eyes? You are a saint!
Let that sink in and it will change your actions.
Father, teach me to rest in Your truth alone. Cultivate saintly actions in my life. Help me see me through your eyes. Deafen my ears to the lie that my salvation is dependent on me. I want to live a life that is saintly now, not just in eternity.