Called to be Saints

Back in the third century, Cyprian, the Bishop of Carthage, wrote to his friend Donatus, “It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world.

But I have discovered, in the midst of it, a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They are masters of their souls. They have overcome the world.

These people, Donatus, are Christians – and I am one of them.

Scriptures says that Christians are “those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2).

“Sanctified” expresses a relationship of having been set apart to God. The term “saints” means “holy.” Christians are literally “holy ones.” The term is used in its limited, sacramental sense of “belonging to God.” Therefore, it is clear that Paul uses the term “saints” for all Christians, as those who are called to belong to God.

A. W. Tozer put it this way,

“The real Christian is an odd human being anyway. The Christian feels supreme love for one he’s never seen. He talks every day with somebody he can’t see. He expects to go to heaven on the virtue of somebody else. He empties himself in order to be full. He admits he is wrong, so he can be declared he is right. He goes down in order to get up. He’s strongest when he’s weakest, richest when he’s poorest, happiest when he feels the worst. He dies so he can live, he forsakes others to have, he gives away so that he can keep. He sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passeth knowledge.”