A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
The Vatican announced that Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa a saint on September 4, 2016. The process of canonization in the Catholic Church is a rigorous one, including the performance of at least one miracle. Based on these standards, I am certain that most, if not all, of us would agree that we fall short of sainthood.
In the opening address of 1 Corinthians, Paul addresses believers as “…those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus – Christ their Lord and ours.” If you are familiar with this New Testament book, you know that the believers in Corinth were far from perfect. In the church you had divisions, sexual sin, and disagreement over the gifts of the Spirit. Yet, Paul does not hesitate to call these Christians sanctified and holy.
Those who know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior don’t need an official ceremony to be declared saints. Knowing that we have been set apart unto God means that we will desire to live up to the name we have been given, the sanctified or holy ones.