On God’s side
Ever been picked last for a team? Eugene Peterson recounts feeling like a “liability” when this happened to him. In Run With the Horses (IVP Books), he says God always wants us on his side — no matter our individual strengths or weaknesses:
“For a long time all Christians called each other ‘saints.’ They were all saints regardless of how well or badly they lived, of how experienced or inexperienced they were. The word saint did not refer to the quality or virtue of their acts, but to the kind of life to which they had been chosen, life on a battlefield. It was not a title given after a spectacular performance, but a mark of whose side they were on.”
Based on its Latin roots, the word "saint" is the noun form of the verb consecrate; in other words, Peterson adds, God gave us “spiritual shape” even before we had “biological shape” (see Jeremiah 1:5). Even before forming us, God set us apart, or consecrated us, as saints — and chose us to be on God's side.
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