Again, it's a reference ot Christians who are committed to loving the Lord and living for Him. Ephesians 1:1 in the New Living Translation says, "I am writing to God's holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus." Are you a faithful follower of Christ Jesus? Do you strive daily to love Him, live for Him and serve Him? If you do, according to the Biblical definition, you are a "saint of God." You have been "set apart by God'' for the purpose of serving Him and making a difference in the world.
So today, on All Saints Day I could introduce myself to others as "Saint Dennis." And you could introduce yourself to others as a Saint, although I don't suggest that you do so. What I do suggest is that you live every day as a "Saint of God." Because when you do, the Lord will bless you and use you to make a difference for good and for God in the world around us.
Speaking of making a difference for good and for God, we are closing out our CHOICES THAT LEAD TO CHANGE Spiritual Growth emphasis this week by learning about why we should be "difference-makers", and how we can be "difference-makers." We began CHOICES THAT LEAD TO CHANGE with a study about how people choose to either live Natural lives (apart from God), Spiritual lives (being directed and empowered by God's Spirit) or Carnal lives (knowing the Lord but still living by the world's beliefs and values). And we learned from sermons, Life Group studies and daily devotions that to live Spiritual lives we need to: 1) Acknowledge our Struggles, 2) Clean Up our Act, 3) Pray Effectively, 4) Follow God's Direction, 5) Live By Faith, 6) Live Daily in the Power of God's Spirit, and 7) Make a Difference for Good and for God in the World around us. So ask yourself, "How am I doing with applying those principles in my life?" In your Life Group address that same question. And if there are principles that we've learned that you need to keep working on, make it a priority to do so. Because when we implement into our lives these CHOICES THAT LEAD TO CHANGE principles that we've learned the past 8 weeks, we will find ourselves living vibrant, victorious lives rather than defeated, discouraged lives. And remember that you can constantly review the sermons, Life Group studies and daily devotions by going to www.celebrationchurch.org/change.