Be Peculiar…

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 marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9
Peculiar is, well a peculiar way for God to want us to be… The word itself means to be unusual, eccentric, and odd. But being peculiar also has another meaning; belonging distinctively, exclusively to one person – being special and unique.
Yet, today many of us are trying to do the exact opposite. Instead of trying to be “odd,” they are struggling to fit in with a world. 
Instead of wanting to stand out, many of us are trying to blend in and go unnoticed. Honestly, I believe it is when we try to blend in, that we actually start losing who we are, and who our creator is. Like a strawberry, each of us is unique, filled with seeds and hope. Each of us has been created for a specific reason, and in a special way. But as soon as we blend a strawberry with other types of food, the uniqueness of the strawberry becomes lost, and it’s flavor unidentifiable in the midst of everything else. Perhaps even more importantly, the seeds of the strawberry become fruitless, being devoured in the mix instead of springing forth new plants.

If we allow ourselves to become blended in such a way that we are unable to share the Gospel or proclaim the good news.  If we sacrifice our values to fit in and lose our identity in him, what good are we?  God calls us to be a peculiar people, a people who others can identify as His. A people that the unsaved will look at with wonder, asking themselves what makes us so different, so unique, and so special.

Today, what will you do with your seeds of life, the knowledge of the Gospel? Will you let others know that you are peculiar, or will you give up what makes you special to blend in seamlessly?
Pastor Gina