But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.
1 Peter 2:9
This verse in 1 Peter gives us our identity and purpose. As Christians we are a chosen people who belong to a God who transforms our lives from death to life; with love, grace and mercy. We are a “peculiar” people; now this description I find very interesting and identifiable! Is God calling us strange and unusual? Lets find out what Webster has to say about this word Peculiar.
1. Characteristic of only one person, group or thing. Distinctive
2. Different from the usual or normal
We are a chosen people who belong to God (distinctive). We shout praises to Him who has brought us out of the darkness into HIS marvelous light (different unusual). It appears that we encompass the totality of the definition of “Peculiar”
When we accept Jesus and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit we become “peculiar”. You see, we now belong to a distinctive group, [the family of God] and we will begin a process of different and unusual behaviors as we begin the transformation from the old to the new.
We begin to bear the fruit of the spirit which is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This fruit is contrary to the sinful nature of mankind and therefore is very often perceived as strange or unusual behavior.
Let’s put this into perspective. Love is the very core of a believer’s life. Love covers a multitude of sins. This means that because of our identity as a chosen people we choose to love as Christ loved us. This is most definitely a “peculiar” love because it is a love not based on any action or merit but unconditionally and freely given. We have joy that also is not based on any action or the current condition of our circumstances, but is a “peculiar” joy that comes from our focus on our heritage and our inheritance which far surpasses any circumstance we may find ourselves in. We aspire to peace as much as it depends on us by exercising patience, kindness, goodness and self control. When the non-believing world looks at us they should see a “Peculiar” people; distinctively linked to one God with behavior that is different from the norm.
In your home you should have a servant heart. Your posture should be that of how can I serve my family today, instead of what has my family done for me today; or the attitude of “look at all I have done for you”. It should come from a life surrendered and a humble heart.
At work you should have a servant heart. Being a team player who wants to accomplish what is best for the business not what’s best for your own personal gain.
You should have a Christ like heart for people. Just as Christ loved you abundantly with grace and mercy, you should reflect that same love to those you come in contact with.
I know what you are thinking, are you crazy? No not crazy just “peculiar” thanks for noticing!