READ : Philippians 1:1-11
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi . . . (v. 1)
It seems a preposterous claim, calling all the members of a congregation saints. We know better. We’ve seen too much in the church that is unholy. Just try spending some time in a church. Saints? Who are you kidding?
We reserve the label “saint” for the really good Christians, the spiritual elite, somebody like a Mother Teresa. But the apostle Paul sees ordinary believers as saints. Folks who stumble and fall and who are as flawed as you and me are the saints of God.
The key to such seeing is to see every last one of us as always being in Christ Jesus. The secret is in that preposition “in.” We become saints when we believe in Christ. In the same way, we become students when we enroll in school, or become soldiers when we enlist in the army. In each case our identity is defined by our context. It is enormously important, therefore, never to see ourselves apart from Christ. God doesn’t; neither should we.
I do not truly see you when I only see you; I see you as you really are when I also see Christ. And I do not see myself accurately unless I also see Christ.
In Christ Jesus we are saints.
Spirit of God, give us the eyes to always see each other in Christ Jesus. Amen.