love that God’s Word is alive! I love that no matter how many times you read a verse God can use it to speak to you in a new a fresh way! Well, the other day I was reading 1 Peter 2; particularly verses 9-25. Verse 9 says “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation. God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.”
I especially love the way the King James Version words this verse. It says “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” I love the word peculiar.
There are lots of peculiar things in the world—things that are just odd and I don’t understand. Like the towns “Mound City”, “Humansville”, or what’s really peculiar, a town called “Peculiar”. Also peculiar are one way streets. What is the point of a one way street? If anyone knows please tell me because one ways bother me. The first time I took my drivers test I had an automatic failure because I made a left turn from the right lane onto a two way from a one way. Last week I made a left hand turn from a two way the wrong way onto a one way. One ways are strange, they are peculiar.
We are called to be a peculiar people. Jesus said in John 15:19 “The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world.” According to 1 Peter 2:11 we are “temporary residents and foreigners” we do not belong in this world because we are called to be a peculiar people.
But is that true of you? Are you looked upon as a peculiar person or does the world look upon you as one of its own? Do you fit in so well that there is nothing that sets you apart?
2 Peter 2:11,12 explains what it means to be part of God’s peculiar people. “Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly even among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when He judges the world.” Or as Romans 12:2 says “Do not copy the behaviors and customs of this world but let God transform you by changing the way you think.”
We are not called to be like everyone else. We are not called to fit in or blend in. We are called to be different, to be holy. (1 Peter 1:15,16).
It’s not popular, it’s not easy. Being different never is. But, it is what God wants for His people. He wants us to be peculiar. Are you peculiar?