Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet!
This is Week 16 of this series, so I am blogging about the letter”P”. Right now, “P” is for “peculiar”.
My kids are a part of the Bible Quiz program at our church. This is a great and fun way to get our kids learning and hiding the Word of God in their hearts. Its so much fun too, they hardly know they are being so studious! We really enjoy learning verses; we love singing the songs. We love learning new words. Like superfluity and peculiar!
1 Peter 2:19 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 marvellous light;
We had quite the fun learning the history of this word. Turns out the word peculiar was often used to refer to something that belongs to someone, an individuals property, if you will. If we look up the word peculiar in a dictionary today we see that is one of many meanings this word has.
Most often the word peculiar refers to someone or something that is strange, odd, or unique, different or uncommon. But this word can be also be used to describe something or someone that “belongs exclusively to a person, group, or thing” or referring to “property or privilege belonging exclusively or characteristically to any one person.”
Naturally this makes sense; as God’s people we do belong to Him exclusively. We are to be set-apart; to the word we are strange and different. Often seen as being quite odd (I get plenty of looks when I am out what with my long hair, skirt/dress wearing). And for whatever reason it seems our “large family” is one more thing that sets apart from those who are not of the faith. Often, my kids and I are stopped as we are out and about, to ask where we go to church or sometimes just to let us know how nice it is to see a all together as we are.
We are peculiar people. When we are living for Him; when we are dedicated, consecrated, His anointed ones, we definitely are not going to fit in. But that’s something we ought to celebrate! For me were called and chosen by God! How blessed we are that He has revealed to us His great truth; that He has appointed us to go forth with HIs standard. We are the watchmen He has set upon the wall. We are laborers in His vineyard.
So often people are excited because they “made the team” or they got the job. They celebrate and wear a “badge of honor” proudly. Do we do the same? As His “called out” people do we respond in joy to being told that we are strange or peculiar? This is an eternal promise; we are peculiar because we heard His call and we responded. We were washed of our sins, sanctified and now born again as a new creation. This makes us that “holy priesthood” ~ walking temples, if you will. We become the church.
Pretty peculiar. We turn from so many things we once loved because God has given us a new heart and a new mind. Those old things that are world no longer matter. Its all about eternity. We seek to live a life that is holy and pleasing to this gracious God who saved us and loved us even though we were far from worthy. And now the word sees something n u that is different. The way we live, the way we think – it shows Christ’s light in us. God is good even if we are not.
Let us be peculiar. Let us be so with great rejoicing!