Saturday, 24 July 2010 09:46
There is a lot of talk about “Saints” in the religious community. Some pray to saints, some feel that you can only become a saint after you die, and some think that there are saints for certain days and events. The discussion of saints could continue for quite some time.
The Bible also discusses saints in many instances, but these are all among the living. Many of the writers in the New Testament address those in the Church of God as saints, those that are called to follow Christ. They became a saint while they were alive and are not held above any other that chooses to serve God also. That is what a saint is, one who has accepted Christ as their savior and has determined in their soul to follow him.
Now you ask, how can one become a saint? In a very simplified formula, one first needs to recognize a need within them self. Why are you going to look for something if you are completely satisfied? Once one has recognized their need, they need to want and be willing to change. It is sometimes easy to see that one needs to change, but are they willing to do so? Then if both of those conditions are met, repentance needs to follow. This is to ask for forgiveness without reservation for what may come ahead, completely letting go and submitting one’s life to God willing to forsake and turn away from the past life of sin and go on to live without sin with God’s grace. Throughout this process of becoming a saint, God is faithful to guide and direct if we truly seek his will.