Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Are you peculiar?
Jesus died for your salvation, but much more than that. His death opened the way for you to be who God designed you to be. You needed only to accept His amazing gift. Jesus died so you would be zealous of good works. What does that mean? It means you have great energy and enthusiasm in pursuit of the cause of Christ. You live like you love being a Christian and your passion for Christ is evident!
Philippians 3:7-11 I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. 8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. 10 I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, 11 so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! (New Living Translation)
Normally, the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word peculiar is strange and bizarre. However, that is not the right thinking. Jesus died, so you would be God’s own possession. That’s makes you distinctive and special, set aside exclusively for Him.
John 15:16 You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you. (Amplified Bible)
That is what makes you peculiar. It may seem strange to the rest of the world if you live like you belong to God. However, it is not strange to you. Your excitement about your place in the Lord causes you to do things that please Him, amazing things, extraordinary things… peculiar things!
Mark 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (KJV)
Your passion for His work in and through you is what sustains your life. Be peculiar!
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I am peculiar, and I thank You. Thank You for choosing me and setting me aside as Your own. I have sung “I belong to You”, “I surrender all” and many others. I have said, “You are my Lord and master.” As I seek You and study Your word, I’m getting a new understanding of what those statements really mean. I should not base our relationship solely on what I need You to do for me and the problems I need You to solve. Your definition of our relationship means I truly belong to You. Your definition means my life is not my own and I repent for acting like it is. Your definition means I am available for You to do with me whatever You choose to do. I am to be salt and light, to speak a word, to provide encouragement, and whatever else You may require. There is nothing I have gained, no title or accolade that is higher than being Your servant. I want to be set aside for Your use. I thank You in advance for reminding me. Also, thank You for bringing me back to center, when I go my own way and make my own choices…