So what does that have to do with awful? Have you ever heard phrases such as, “awfully strong”? The word awfully strong would mean incredibly strong. It has a “wow” factor if you will. A holy one (saint) comes with a wow factor. But wait a minute! Not a single one of us have a wow factor by ourselves and here is why.
Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags …..”
Also Philippians 3:9,” And be found in Him not having my own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”
I believe Mother Teresa was a saint, but she absolutely did not accomplish this on her own. Read Isaiah 64:6 and Philippians 3:9 again. Any genuine righteousness does not come through keeping the law, but through faith in Christ. If it were of works, then we could boast about being righteous apart from Almighty God. There is no genuine righteousness apart from Him.
So this is exciting! All who have genuinely put their faith in Christ and obey through His help are saints. I am Saint Mickey. I can almost hear someone say, “How dare he call himself a saint?” Drop your rocks and don’t stone me. I am only a saint through Christ my Redeemer. I am an awfully good person ONLY because of Christ. My righteousness is only through Him. Without Him I am nothing, but in Him I am a saint. If you have genuinely put your trust in Christ for salvation and obey Him through His strength, then you are a saint!
Ephesians 4:11-12, “And He gave some apostles and some prophets and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers for the perfecting of the saints …..”
Did you get that? Saints need to be perfected. In other words, they have a considerable amount of maturing to do. You do not have to be perfect to be a saint. WOW! Say it backwards, WOW! Through the strength that is in Christ, we are the awful ones in a good sense. We have a wow factor that is far beyond our own doing.
The Muslims that are blowing up things and killing people are trying to work their way to heaven. They do not even realize, that it is impossible to do enough acceptable works to get to heaven. It is only through KNOWING Christ.