Every morning Rick and I read several devotionals by various writers, and a couple more at noon. Then we also listen to either Bishop Robert Barron or Pastor Jack Hayford. All of these folks are all over the denominational map, but all have insight into God’s Word and years of experience following the teaching of Jesus, the writings of the disciples, Paul, and the saints that have followed.
We are encouraged by both Bishop Barron and Pastor Jack that WE ARE SAINTS! We have committed our lives to follow the teaching of the Bible and in particular the two greatest commandments given by Jesus in Matthew 22:36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
When these points follow through in our lives we hit the jackpot, find the gold at the end of the rainbow…gain eternal life. When we commit our life to Jesus Christ we are ‘saints’…not perfect or more special than anyone else, but have the capacity to make a difference in the lives of those around. I’m always searching for the ‘gold’. The golden words that encourage and lift up others and with great hope and prayers to bring them to an intimate relationship with Jesus.