1 Peter 2:9-10—KJV, God’s Own People—But [you] are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that [you] show forth the praises of him who [has] called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Pe·cu·liar (pəˈkyo͞olyər/) —an adjective meaning two things: 1. strange or odd; unusual, and 2. belonging exclusively to.
Say this: “To be chosen, royal, and peculiar; Oh! What a marvelous gift!”
Of course, in this passage, being peculiar means that we belong exclusively to Christ. I mean that is what the word Christian means—being Christ-like and belonging exclusively (note the word ‘exclusive,’ look it up) to Him.
Let’s look at the context, ladies (and gents)! In chapter 1, Peter talks about our new lives and hopeful futures, but who gave us this? Christ, the living stone and source of life itself, and we are His peculiar building stones for construction. WE BELONG EXCLUSIVELY FOR CHRIST AND HIS USE!
However, as Christian women, or even women in general, we are also unique; we are peculiar!
Romans 12:1-2—Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform [be peculiar] to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Doesn’t it make sense?! In order to belong & be used by Christ, we have to be different and transformed. Sometimes to the world, or even in our own minds, we seem odd, strange, and unusual, however, sometimes…that’s the best place to be.
Say this: In Christ, you are chosen! In Christ, you are royal! In Christ, you are holy! In Christ, you are peculiar!
There are benefits to being peculiar. Those benefits are blessings, and Christ grants those freely!
So, are you sold? Do you want to be peculiar? Here are 5 practical steps!
- Pray! Ask God to totally take over your life, and leave NO ROOM for the devil and his schemes.
- Do life one day at a time! Remember, Christianity isn’t about being perfect; it’s about striving the BEST we can towards holiness.
- Find a community of believers! Even if that community consists of one person, find her (or him). Accountability is everything. Christ doesn’t want us to do this thing alone. He teaches us to do life together.
- Find a bible believing congregation and go to worship regularly! So important and helpful in you’re walk, and it’s commanded.
- Encourage yourself! You can’t do great things if you’re constantly telling yourself you can’t. (That’s why I kept telling you to say things!) You CAN do all things in Christ, so the next time you find yourself in doubt, go back to #1 and pray!
Do you have any more practical steps?? I’d love to hear them and share it with others!