Each morning when I wake up, I have a routine: 1) thank God for another day and 2) grab the remote control to turn on the morning news. This past Sunday was no different. When I turned on the TV, the big news story was Pope John Paul II’s beatification. Please let me be 100% honest with you and tell you that I had zero knowledge of what a beatification was or what it symbolized. Being the Google girl that I am, I quickly grabbed my iPod touch for enlightenment. What I found would be a little confusing and disturbing to me all at the same time. Before I explain why, let me preface it with this disclaimer: I am in no way insulting the former Pope or the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. However, what I read that morning made me appreciate the truth of my God’s Word.
Upon my research, I found that the beatification is the third of four steps in the canonization process. A person who is beatified is given the title “Blessed.” Likewise, once canonized, that person becomes a “Saint.” So now that Pope John Paul II, who is deceased, has completed the beatification process, we have the green light to call him “Blessed Pope John Paul II” but he still has to qualify for the Saint title. The current Pope has to review his credentials and miracles performed on earth to validate that he is indeed qualified to be called a saint. Now let me tell you, those definitions and descriptions really did rub me the wrong way because I wholeheartedly concur with the following axioms: “I’m too blessed to be stressed!” or “I’m blessed by the best!” or my all-time favorite, “I’m blessed and highly favored!” I’m declaring that I’m blessed while I’m alive! This prompted me to wonder just how many of us may need a reaffirmation that they we are indeed the BLESSED SAINTS of God, simply because HE says so.
In God’s first love letter to us, he reassures Abraham: “I will make you into a great nation, and I will BLESS you; I will make your name great, and you will be a BLESSING. I will BLESS those who BLESS you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be BLESSED through you.” Genesis 12:2-3 NIV Wow, it doesn’t get more BLESSED than that and as descendants of Abraham, this applies to each of us! Sorry, I don’t mean to sound nasty, but quite frankly if God blesses me, I don’t need a blessing from you, him or her—I’m already BLESSED!
Similarly, in his first letter to the church at Corinth, Paul opened with this salutation: “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus,called to be SAINTS together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:2-3 ESV) Based on this excerpt, saints are the body of Christ. If you have confessed that Jesus is Lord and believed in your heart that He was raised from the dead, then my sister you are a saint!
According to these scriptures, we don’t need ANYONE to affirm our blessedness or “sainthood.” It just comes with the territory when you rolling with JC! It is so refreshing to know that once we accepted Him as Lord of our life, the titles of Blessed and Saint came with the package. Yes, that’s right, you can call me Blessed Kristen Harris or Saint Harris! As a matter of fact, I can think of countless other titles that you come with the package: Possessor, Lender, Conqueror, Head, and the list goes on and on…
I think it’s important to add that being a saint has nothing to do with performing miracles or even being perfect. It’s more about being cleansed through the blood of Jesus and being a proud citizen of the kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, Titus 3:5-6 reminds us that: “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior…” (NIV) That merciful, generous pouring out is why we can proudly proclaim that we are BLESSED SAINTS, even when we stumble or make bad decisions!
This is just a prayer of thanksgiving! Thank You for calling me Blessed! Thank You for the opportunity to be a part of Your family and be called a Saint! I praise You that I don’t need validation from man, because You have already declared who I am in Your name! Your name is matchless and I am proud to be associated with You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today, I EMPOWER you to dive into the Word of Truth for yourself. EMPOWER your esteem by knowing who God says you are! If you haven’t joined this BLESSED SAINThood, click here to learn how you can!
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible more than anything. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.