1 Corinthians 1:2
“Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:”
Throughout the Scriptures, God has shown His desire to call people to do something. God called Abram to come out of his homeland so that He could make of him a great nation. God called Moses out of Pharaoh’s house to make him the leader of Israel. God called Israel out of Egypt to give them the Promised Land. Every time God calls you to come out of something, He always is calling you to something better than where you are.
God calls the Believer “to be saints.” You will notice three words that are important to this invitation. The first word is “called.” The call is the invitation of God. Imagine God wants you to do something for Him. What a privilege!
The second word to notice is “saints.” The word “saint” means to be holy or set apart. You cannot understand what this means without the third very important word, “be.” In other words, being a saint is not a possession, but it is an action. God didn’t say that you were “called to possess sainthood,” but that you were called to “be saints.” In other words, God calls people to be set apart and holy.
God calling you to “be saints” started when He called you when you were lost to be set apart from Hell to go to Heaven. When you got saved, you accepted God’s calling, and His calling placed your eternity in a secure and better place. You didn’t regret accepting the calling to be a saint so that you could go to Heaven because your eternal destination is Heaven.
However, after you get saved, God calls you to be set apart from the world to be close to Him. Verse 9 confirms this when God says, “…ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Being holy or being a saint is not a weight to carry, but a privilege to live close to God. There are several ways you can accept the call to be a saint or to be holy on a daily basis.
First, set apart yourself every morning to read God’s Word. Each morning when you read the Scriptures, you are leaving everything to spend time with God. You will never fulfill God’s call to be a saint unless you read God’s Word daily. Setting yourself apart in the morning to read God’s Word sets a mindset that you have set your life apart for God.
Second, you are setting yourself apart to be a saint when you pray. When you pray, you are setting yourself apart from the daily activities to talk to the LORD. You can be a saint if you would walk with God in prayer throughout the day. This is one reason God commands the Believer in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “Pray without ceasing.”
Third, going to church faithfully to every service sets you apart from the world to go to the called-out assembly to worship God. One reason you should be faithful to church is so that you accept God’s call to be a saint.
Fourth, going soul winning sets you apart from all activity to reach a lost world. Soul winning is not just about reaching the lost, but it accomplishes God’s call for you to be a saint. Remember, being a saint is not a possession, but an action, and soul winning is the action of reaching the lost for Christ.