Sunday, September 17th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 79)
To those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:2-3 (NKJV)
I remember when the New Orleans saints (as underdogs) won their first Super Bowl. Five years prior, Hurricane Katrina flooded 80% of New Orleans, and pseudo Christians said they deserved it. At the time, I was on the way to Christ, but I almost turned back from their hatred.
Because saints are supposed to be saintly: speaking kind words and helping their neighbors; loving all men, even their enemies.
Recall the salvation criteria Jesus specified for Judgement Day:
'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me... inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me' (Matthew 25:34-36,40, NKJV).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: As saints set apart for God's good work, consider yourselves a clean-up crew. Because some haters made a big mess. To the point, they called themselves Christians. Therefore, Jesus was misunderstood, because make-believe saints acted like thugs.
Since you're on the most powerful team, the one destined for a final win, try your best to play a righteous game and correct any teammates who don't.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.