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  • Writer's pictureTodd Render

so, be that

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  • "I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe." (Ephesians 1:18-19 NIV)

" the saints" Much of the Apostles' letters, their exhortations – that is strong encouragement - are describing how the people who give our lives to Jesus are become His holy people, the saints – so start acting like it.

People chosen by God are redeemed, restored, made alive by God, empowered by His Spirit, made holy only because of His presence, and in process of being made clean and pure. We obtain this not because we were acting all holy. The opposite is true. We are made holy, because we appropriate the work that Jesus has done to our lives in the here and now. That is why so much of the exhortation in the Bible is simply to do that: live it, lean into it, embrace it in everything that means for us in every facet of our existence.

In one sense, that means to get over yourself! We didn’t do anything to earn it or deserve it, thanks be to God!

In another sense, it means you and I have got a long way to go to live up to everything that God sees in us and wants us to be.

The good news is that He’s right there to do the heavy lifting: “it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose” (Philippians 2:13 NIV).

So, let's be that.


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