2.18.2009

we're not superheroes.


"In popular usage, the word “saint” has been debased to describe extraordinary, individual spiritual achievements. But in the Bible—the way God views sainthood—the word describes ordinary people who belong to a most extraordinary Savior and Lord. Our Redeemer achieves all the extraordinary things. At our best (and too often we are at our worst, or bumping around somewhere in the middle!), “we have done only that which we ought to have done” (Luke 17:10 NASB) God calls you “saint” to remind you who owns you, not to honor you for going above or beyond the call of duty. It’s not the Medal of Honor; it’s your enlistment papers and dog tag..." David Powlison
taken from chapter 7 of "Suffering and the Soveriegnty of God".

4 comments:

a voice in the desert... said...

good stuff!
man did I need to hear that, I often try so hard to make myself a "saint" when I really just need to let go and let God.

Anonymous said...

Speak for yourself. My tights and cape have a few more miles in them.

Otherwise... amen!

Anonymous said...

Sounds good..I keep meaning to read that book.- Kayla

Andrew said...

very good thoughts.