Do this because you are a people set apart as holy to God, your God. God, your God, chose you out of all the people on Earth for himself as a cherished, personal treasure (Deut. 7:6) THE MESSAGE
Bernard Schneider writes of a mother whose family had heard him preach a sermon in which he stated, “If you are saved, you are a saint right now.”
A few days later, the mother heard her two children arguing. The 11-year-old daughter claimed she was a saint. Her 10-year-old brother argued then she was not a saint at all.
Finally, the girl appealed to her mother, and the mother agreed that she was indeed a saint. In triumph the girl turned her brother and announced, “See, I am a saint.” Unfortunately, to express her disdain toward her brother, she emphasized her victory by sticking out her tongue at him. Obviously, she did not project a “saintly” appearance at that moment.
God has always desired for his people to act like him. Anytime we do not, we undercut the reality of our position—sainthood. Have you “stuck your tongue” out at anyone lately?