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Do you ever feel peculiar? I do, often.

We are at a time in this world where sin is becoming more and more prominent and Christ is convicting more and more Christians to obey His Word in a stronger way.

The Bible states in Titus 2:14 that Christ is purifying us, His people, so that we are becoming less and less like the world—in the way we speak, act, dress, basically, live our lives—and this makes us feel like we are strange to the world and we aren’t right because we are not like everyone else.

Several times in this last year I have allowed the world’s way of thinking to make me depressed about not conforming, and I wished that I could ‘fit in’, so to speak.

But God blessed me one day (He does every day, but I’m specifically talking about this day) by showing me this verse: 1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, and 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.”

There are so many wonderful parts to this Scripture. Let’s break it down a bit:
~‘But ye are a chosen generation…’
God has chosen us. Isn’t that exciting? We’re not just drawn out of a hat; we were purposely chosen by God!
~‘a royal priesthood, and holy nation…’
God is making us a holy people. I can’t wait for the day when we’re totally perfected!
~‘a peculiar people…’
We are indeed a strange bunch, but there’s a reason for that, so don’t lose heart.
~‘that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you…’
We are different so that we can bring glory to God! We, when we obey God, and appear odd to the world, are showing praises to God to the world.
~‘out of the darkness into His marvellous light.’
It is a marvellous light! And our obedience to Christ and peculiarity are lights to those who are in the darkness. Praise God for redeeming His people out of that darkness!

Before I read this verse I felt like a misfit. Now I know I’m one!

God doesn’t want us to fit in and be like the world. In fact, it really pleases Him when we don’t. We are like foreign travellers—we are visiting, and we enjoy the scenery for while, but never really fit in. God created us to be different and stand out as His people.

This is so relieving to realize, because instead of feeling in the wrong for being different, God has shown me that He is pleased with me when I obey Him and choose not to fit in.

So next time you begin to wish you were born in a different century or on a different planet, just remember 1 Peter 2:9, that God created you a peculiar person, and He loves you like that. Praise Him while being peculiar!

Misfits for Jesus? Yep!

Blessings to you all!

Lauren Carey
reprinted from Whatsoever Magazine, Volume 8 #2
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