A Peculiar People
By Bronwyn Marcus
God calls us to Radical living! We are called to be a peculiar people. I love reading different translations of the same scripture because it just gives the fullness of meaning to what is being said. Here, you will see what I mean. Just look at the richness of this scripture in 1 Peter 2:9. Wow!
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a 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;” (KJV)
“But you are God’s chosen treasure[a]—priests who are kings,[b] a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvellous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world.[c] (TPT)
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, [a] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light” (NLT)
9-10 But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. (The message)
We are called out of darkness
We are called into light
We are called to be peculiar
We are set apart
We are the instruments.
We are chosen
We are Royal
We are accepted!
We are not peculiar just to be weird. We are peculiar because we should come with a different response to the way the world responds. When there is crime, the world lives in fear but we are not afraid! When there is death, we are sorrowful but have inner peace and joy. I am not talking about being fake. Anyone can put on a smile and pretend. I am talking about authentic Christianity. Not judging others in our self-righteousness but showing them a God who forgives and loves unconditionally.
Written by Bronwyn Marcus, a mother, wife, teacher and freelance writer. If this article has blessed you or you would like to contribute to the discussion, please feel free to share and post your comments below.