Becoming a Peculiar People, Not Cookie Cutter Duplicates
We are set apart as beloved children of the most High
It seems a new word is in order for the new year. I look to my husband when November rolls around to ask him what He thinks the theme, the challenge, the direction he sees our family will be going into for the next year. It was synchronicity when he picked peculiar, a word that has been pronounced in our minds. I even put together 11 meditations and prayers for my subscribers and shared them last month.
Jesus didn’t fit into the world from the moment he was born. There was no room in the inn for Him.
Now, as children of the King, we don’t fit into this world either.
Attempts are made to fit in, however. We know the watered down gospel, the seeker-friendly church, and a Christ made in the image of man are marks of that quest to remain indistinguishable in the world. These are sordid attempts to fit in a world that rejects the Christ of the Bible.
But we are called to live like a salmon swimming upstream. As we read in 1 Peter 2: 9, we’re called to be a separate, distinguished, peculiar:
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.
Our minds ought to always strive to think more Christ-like. Our energy and endurance in the race should go against the current stream of the age. For we are set apart as beloved children of the most High. We’re a peculiar people. We aren’t cookie cutter copies of the same ole life we once lived before the saving grace of Jesus.
As such peculiar people, we distinguish ourselves from the rest of the world. We hate sin because God hates it. We rightly divide the truth because God is truth. We stand on conviction and live out our faith because God sent His only begotten Son to die for our sins. We are called out from among them. We are repulsed by the world’s philosophies. We don’t need to pursue acceptance from the world but rather from God.
We are distinct because He is distinct. He’s called us out of the darkness that once covered our eyes and now we are in His marvelous light, adopting us into His family as joint heirs with Jesus. We belong to Him now and are a peculiar people.