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Celebrate Lit: Are You A Saint?

Are You A Saint?

By Kathleen Robison


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How would you reply if someone asked you if you were a saint? In the Bay Town Series, Book Two, Restored Grace, the main character, Carol Scape, would adamantly deny sainthood. She formerly lived a wild life, but when tragedy struck, she came to a saving faith in Christ. It’s a good thing because worse events are on their way. New in her faith, she’s growing in the image and knowledge of the Lord Almighty and is dependent on putting into practice what she believes. Now the hard part is realizing it’s not on her own strength. Sound familiar?

It’s what I love about Christian Fiction. In Christian novels, the inspiring hope plated before us come in themes of redemption, restoration, and grace. But embracing sainthood? That’s awfully difficult to live up to, but recently I attended a conference, and one of the speakers challenged us in this regard. He compelled us to consider this position of our faith. Robert W. Godfrey had a message where he wanted us to remember that we are … Sinners and Saints; Slaves and Servants; And Sons of God.

He said that we should obligingly confess that we are sinners and humbly appreciate that we are saints. Whoa! I don’t know about you, but as an eternally grateful trespasser of gross violations, not a day goes by where I forget to praise the Lord for my salvation and His grace. But to recognize that I’m a saint. That makes me squirm.

Is it because I’m imperfect and could never measure up to sainthood? Yes! But it’s a privileged gift that comes with a huge responsibility, and who carries that responsibility?

Pastor Desmond Brooks, the resident spiritual advisor in Bay Town, is considered a saint by all. In fact, I had to work hard to create a few flaws in him. Yet, he’s still the first one called in times of trouble, and Bay Town has its fair share. Although the town admires him, in Book One, Shattered Guilt, you’ll learn that anything saintly within him results from his union with Jesus Christ. It’s something he quietly exemplifies.

In that context, union with Christ, I’ll admit that I am a saint. Only by His blood am I made sinless and capable of being such. It is a great privilege and still a great responsibility but knowing I don’t have to do it all on my own is a great relief. And recognizing that through the Holy Spirit, we can live a life pleasing to the Lord, even as we fail, is humbly empowering and spurs me on to love and good works.

The song made famous by Louis Armstrong When the Saints go Marching In emotes such joy…

Lord, how I want

To be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

We want to be in that number, don’t we? And glory be to God, by our union in Jesus Christ, by His saving grace, he guarantees that we are.


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Kathleen J. Robison is an Okinawan-American. Born in Okinawa, raised in California, Florida, Mississippi, and Singapore. Her travels and her family are the sources of her inspiration. Kathleen and her Pastor husband have eight adult children. Seven are married, blessing them with fourteen grandchildren. Her husband grew up in the streets of Los Angeles, raised by a single mom, and his life provides fodder for the challenges of her characters. Stories of Kathleen’s mother, who was born and raised in Okinawa and lived through WWII as a young teen on the island, are vying for their place in her pages. This ethnically diverse background and family of 31 plus personalities provide many opportunities to share God’s amazing love amidst the challenges of real life.

 

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