This is a repost from Nov. 1, 2007 originally titled "Today Is Your Day."
Today is "All Saints Day".
It's a day to remember the Saints who have gone before us. (Hebrews 11 is a great place to start.) And I like to think of it as a day to remember that we are all Saints. Some of our friends in other faiths believe you have to be nominated by a really important person and then a group of folks check to see if you've had any miracles attributed to you or to your likeness (or something like that) and then somehow you get bumped up from regular heaven attendee to Saint and you get to put St. in front of your name.
Then , if people like you, they'll paint pictures of you like these and they might even pray to you.
However, if you check scripture (always the best place to go for such matters) you'll find that those of us who know Jesus as Lord are ALL saints! Yes - even you!
And there's some cool stuff about being a saint.
You are called as a saint Ro 1:7
Jesus intercedes for you Ro 8:27
You've got an inheritance Eph 1:18
There's also some responsibility with being a saint!
You need to fight (contend earnestly) for the faith Jude 1:3
Love the saints Col 1:4
Support the saints 2Co 8:4
Live without immorality, greed and other bad stuff Eph 5:3
Hebrews 12:1 (HCSB)
Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us,
Oh, and if you want your "official saint" picture painted, you might want to work on the official saint hand signal all of these guys have.
Now... go live like a saint! If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are one!