Anytime I hear the word “peculiar”, I immediately think of Alice in Wonderland. I can just hear Alice saying, “how peculiar” as she looks at the flowers singing, or finds a hole and wonders where it leads to, or perhaps hears laughter and singing coming from a pair of misfits having a tea party.
Peculiar. What does that mean? It’s defined as being special, distinct, interestingly odd, unique, unusual or particular.
Have you ever been called that? Not because of your love of weird things or your unique talents, but because of your love for God?
That’s exactly what God calls us and desires of us.
“In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” (Exodus 19:1-6)
God has demonstrated His power before the people through many ways as He brought them out of Egypt. And now, He has promised that if the people would obey His commands, He would make them a peculiar people, a holy nation.
What was God’s plan? That others would be intrigued with the Israelites and they would want to know more about the God they serve.
Does someone look at you that way? Do they want to know more about the mighty and awesome God you serve based on your life?
See, the promise was for the children of Israel, but it’s one for us today as well. We, too, are called to be holy, a royal priesthood. Because of Jesus, we have the privilege and duty to be His children and to be holy.
“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.” (1 Peter 2:9)
Has God brought you out of darkness? Then why do you still hide in the shadows? Why do you still lurk around in the dark alleys of life and try to cover your sins? Why do you still desire to remain there? He has brought you into the marvelous light…for a purpose!
He has called us to be holy so that others will see we are a peculiar people and want to know more about the God we serve.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
Because of Jesus, we can come before the Father’s throne. We are His children! But we are called to be sanctified, set apart, different, holy. Why? For His glory!
God never said it would be easy. Especially in this day and age. But our lives should reflect Christ in such a way that those who come in contact with us want to know more about Jesus.
God forgive me.
Help me point them to you! My spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. Help me to fully surrender to your will, Lord, in all things. Help me to shine for you!