7 … called as saints … (Romans 1).
This word for saint is the same word to describe God’s Spirit — the Holy Spirit. We, who have the Holy Spirit in us, are also holy ones — because of that indwelling Holy Spirit. The Holy One living in us makes us holy ones — saints. In this sense, no Christian is any holier than another, for it is the same Holy Spirit in all of us. God the Father looks at His Spirit and sees nothing but holiness; likewise, He looks at any child of His and sees the same — holiness. So, in one sense, I can never become any holier than I already am, because the Holy Spirit who indwells me can never become any holier than He already is.
But, I need to live out who I am — a holy one of God’s, who at the moment of my first belief, was sealed by the Holy Spirit of God (Ephesians 2:13). Yes, I am a sinner who, as Charles Wesley wrote: “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it; prone to leave the God I love.” And yet, I am also a saint for whom God will tax the remotest star to accomplish all His holy purposes of sanctification.
Lord, as saints we know we are holy in our position with You, but we ask: please make us holier — yes, saintlier — in our walk with You. Work in us This Day an ever-increasing desire to live saintlier lives for You each and every day of our lives. Amen.