"The Vast Company of Saints"
October 23, 2006Email to a FriendPrint
In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5
Imagine this: You are the only Christian on the face of the earth. All others have left the faith. Consider the problems this would raise. You are the last of the believers. Your spirit would soon sag. You might even start questioning your faith, for if everybody else had rejected it, you would wonder how you can be sure of what you believe yourself.
If the Good News you wanted to share fell on the deaf ears of others while it was bursting within you, and you could not find anybody to share it with, it would tear you up inside.
Such probing can possibly help you appreciate how good it is to be surrounded by a vast company of saints. They help you know that people have testified to that same faith through the ages. They keep your spirits high as you gather with them, talking about the faith and worshiping together. They strengthen you for daily living as you engage in the struggle of life together. The many members of Christ's body are joined into one great company of saints through the ages.
PRAYER: Help me to appreciate the company of saints with which I am surrounded, Lord, and help me, in turn, to enrich the lives of others. In the name of Jesus, my Savior, I pray. Amen.
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