Called To Be Saints

Charles Spurgeon’s devotional for today insists that all of us can obtain sainthood.

Do not, then, look upon the ancient saints as being exempt either from infirmities or sins; and do not regard them with that mystic reverence which will almost make us idolaters. Their holiness is attainable even by us. We are “called to be saints” by that same voice which constrained them to their high vocation. It is a Christian’s duty to force his way into the inner circle of saintship; and if these saints were superior to us in their attainments, as they certainly were, let us follow them; let us emulate their ardour and holiness. “

Once when I was starting to read Matthew in the Bible I was tempted to skip over the boring genealogy. But my eye caught Kind David’s name, and then, it also mentioned Bathsheba as part of Jesus’ ancestry.

Mat 1:7 (GNB) …Solomon (his Mother had been the woman who had been Uriah’s wife…)

I remember feeling as if a bolt of lightening had hit me. King David and Bathsheba committed adultery while she was married to King David’s best friend, Uriah. Then, to ensure his best friend didn’t interfere with their newly illicit relationship, King David sent Uriah to the front lines of battle to meet his death.

I remember thinking, “There certainly is hope for me, if a murderer and adulteress contributed to Christ’s DNA.” I also thought of St. Paul slaughtering Christians, and his becoming one of Christianity’s greatest saints. Certainly, nothing you or I have done cannot be forgiven. Our Father in Heaven promised to finish the work He started in us; all He needs is our willing participation.

Thank You God that You love us so much. Through your word we learn that the worst of sinners can become the greatest workers in Your Kingdom. Thank You for the hope of glory in You. Amen.


~ by Andrea T on July 5, 2008.

3 Responses to “Called To Be Saints”

  1. Mr spurgeon should have practise what he preached firstly for he could not give up his sin of smoking a cigar even.

    other pastors did not and could not cgive up alcohol, drunkeness, adultery, cheating, lying stealing,, and what else?

  2. And… isn’t it wonderful that our Savior forgives us, and forgives again. Even Pastors! Thanks so much for visiting my site. God bless you.

  3. Yes, isn’t it great that God can use us no matter what we’ve done, because its based on what He’s done. Bless you, sister.

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