What does it mean to be a peculiar person? As I thought about this, it took me back to high school. Remembering the sights and smells of the library, yes, I thought of myself as being peculiar then. That was my hideout. I wanted to do nothing more than be in the library, nose deep in any book that would take me on an adventure.
Many said I was a nerd, but I never took offense, especially when the prize was my grandfather giving me $100 for every “A” received. So I kept a 4.5gpa, stayed away from the other teens and never really had a lot of peer pressure because of my mind frame.
In all my years of high school, I never thought I belonged. Everything talked about was childish to me. Years later I realized that God had major plans for my life, and so I thank God that He made me different.
Not of this world
The Bible calls us peculiar people; we are different from the world, we might not always fit in, or belong. We are:
…Gods chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, to proclaim the virtues of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.(1Peter2:9)
Being different from the way the world does things, means enemies in the workplace, and in our very own families. Jesus shows us in Matt 12:48-50, that obedience is thicker than blood. However, following the world and compromising our faith, or following the “in-crowd” makes us enemies with God. (James 4:4)
God desires a sacrifice of praise and worship even if it makes us look foolish. It’s better to be a fool for Christ, than man’s fool!
When we obey God, and stand out for Christ, our whole persona demands respect and people automatically treat us differently. Most begin to watch what they say around you, and may even apologize for foul language. God’s light shines all around us and because what we do represents Christ, people will always wonder about us. (Matthew 5:16)
Daniel chapter 3 tells of three men who refused to compromise their faith to fit in. They were already predestined by God to be in their positions. These three men were highly respected and wiser than others who became jealous.
They previously refused to feast like the others, and now they refused to worship false idols. Once the king got note that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, would not copy the others and worship his 90 foot golden statue, he was furious demanding they be thrown into an “extra” hot furnace. This fire was so hot it killed the guards who threw them in. However, the fire never touched the 3 men nor did they smell of fire when they walked out, as the Lord Jesus himself had rescued them; they were not afraid to die for what they believed in. Nor compromise to save their lives. (Dan3:13-30)
Don’t be afraid to be different for Christ.
And so “Let us be a lighthouse, our light is sure the key. O’ that our light may help another who is lost upon the sea.” (S.K.M)
Today, if you have not received Salvation or you would like to rededicate your life back to Christ, say this prayer:
God, I know that I am a sinner. Right now, Lord, I turn from my sins and I ask you to forgive me. Jesus, I believe that you died on the cross and rose from the grave, for me. I open my heart and life for You to come in, and I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You, God for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read the Book of John in the Bible. Find out who Christ is, and how He loves you, yes you!
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