First Peter 2:9 says “but ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”.
My thought is we are a peculiar people. The word peculiar means distinctly strange or unusual. It is the opposite of the norm. In today`s generation of Christianity, many Christians want to be with Christ and with the world at the same time. The Word of God says friendship with the world is enmity with God. We are in the world but not of the world. The Bible also says that light and darkness has no fellowship. God has called us to be peculiar people. As Christians we must understand that we are different. We should not want to “fit in” because this world is not our home. Our home is heaven and we are ambassadors of Christ on planet earth. We may not be special to anyone else but we are special to God.
When people see and spend time around us they should notice a difference about our behavior. They should notice that we are not doing what everyone else is doing. The righteousness of Christ in us should convict the world of unrighteousness. God has called us to a higher level of living in him. We also have to limit our time around unbelievers including loved ones because evil communications corrupt good manners. God almighty has called us out with a holy calling. The Spirit of God is living on the inside of us. We`re connected to the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. We have no business in bars and nightclubs. If we`re baptized in Christ let us put on Christ and pick up the cross.
As we seek to grow in our walk with the Lord, we will become more peculiar. The world may laugh at us for doing the right thing but when the Lord touches their hearts they may come to you for prayer. I would rather be peculiar in Christ than popular in the world because the world cannot please God.
We have the ability to go boldly before the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in a time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Unlike the world, when we pray God hear us if we ask according to his will. Yes, we will have problems but we have Christ. Being peculiar does not mean perfect but as we deepen our walk with the Lord, the world will know that we are a royal priesthood, a holy, peculiar and a blessed nation. Amen.