The Appearance of a Saint

What does a saint look like?

Each one of us has a different picture in our mind of what a saint should look like. Many think the person should appear very pious and reverent. Some even try to create that appearance. Their desire is that others would be impressed by how saintly they look.

A great man of God, by the name of Charles Spurgeon, was addressing a class of young ministers one day. He told them that their posture behind the pulpit should reflect what they were talking about. “For instance,” he said, “if you are talking about Heaven, lift your head upward and let your face shine with the very iridescence of Heaven itself.” Then he added, “If you are talking about Hell, well, your everyday face will do.” He certainly had a sense of humor!

If we are living the life of a saint, what should people see in our lives? It may surprise you, but the world around us is watching our lives all the time. What do they see? The Apostle Paul wrote to the saints in Corinth:

“You are our epistle (that is, our letter) written in our hearts, known and read by all men.” (2 Corinthians 2:2 NKJV, words in parentheses mine)

Our lives are an open book, being read by everyone who is around us!

Then he wrote:

“Clearly you are the epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone (as God did for Moses) but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.” (2 Corinthians 2:3 NKJV, words in parentheses mine)

We may be the only Bible some people will ever read!

The letter we want people to read is all about the love of Christ. Jesus loves them, so they should be able to see that love for them, shining out of us.

This is why it is so important for us to understand the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul wrote:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV)

The fruit of the Spirit is the nature of Christ in us. It is His love, His joy, and His peace that people will see in our lives. They should see Christ in every thing we do. Our life should shine with the life of Christ who dwells inside of us through the Holy Spirit.

Every act of kindness is Christ reaching out through us and touching the lives of the people we meet. That smile, that helping hand, and that kind word, is what Jesus wants them to see in us.

People should see the love, joy and peace we have in Christ. These are the things which attract people to Christ more than anything else. This is the fruit that people should see our lives. It is the fruit that they will want to have in their own lives. The world does not offer this.

More than any other fruit, people should see the love we have for one another. Jesus said:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34 NKJV)

He gave Himself as our example. He wants us to love others in the same way that He loves us. He loves us unconditionally and He accepts us just the way we are. He expects us to accept others and love them just as He loves and accepts us. Does that make sense to you?

Then Jesus said:

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35 NKJV) 

How many times have you heard someone say that the reason they came to Christ was because they saw the love that people had for one another in Church? They should see that every day in us, in everything we say and every act of kindness we do. We should do nothing but love!

Someone made the comment to me many years ago, “If you are full of milk, and someone bumps you, all that should come out of you is milk.” In the same way, if you are full of love, and someone bumps you the wrong way, all that should come out of you is love!

I remember reading about a man who was visiting a revival service for the first time. To him, everyone seemed to be so full of joy and love for one another. As he walked down the crowded isle, someone jostled him, and he accidentally stomped on someone’s foot. Horrified, he looked apologetically at the man seated beside the aisle. Instead of responding in anger, the man looked up at him with a beaming face, and said,”Praise the Lord!”

Stunned by the man’s response, all he could say was, “If figured you were going to say something like that.” He was so moved by the love that he saw, that he wanted it for himself. He gave his life to Christ that day, and became a mighty minister of the Gospel. He got saved, because he saw the love of Christ in all those people. That is what God’s saints should look like!

You are holy, dear saint!

Steve Smith

P.S: What did the Holy Spirit teach you when you read this post?

[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]






















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