1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) ~ 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 marvellous light.
We, as believers, are chosen to be a peculiar people, a people belonging to God. God does not want us to live a life that is mediocre and ordinary, but one that is extraordinary, a life that in some peoples’ eyes is rather peculiar to them. We must be a peculiar people chosen by God, His possession who have been purchased and set apart to do His will; a people who are distinct from others, special and characteristically different.
Before we venture into this fresh thought, however, let us first see what it is NOT saying, it is not saying this, “But you are not a chosen people, you have nothing to do with any priesthood, you are just an ordinary people, you have nothing to be glad about, and nothing to shout about, you live constantly in darkness.”
Now let us look at the positive aspect of this verse and appreciate what it is REALLY saying: 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV), “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 marvellous light.”
What does it mean to be a peculiar people? It means to be a people who live a different lifestyle from everyone else; a people who dare to dance with joy in church, who have a joy in the Lord that is their strength, who are happy and willing to help out whenever they can. It is a people who believe God is a God of miracles, who can do it again and again. They are Holy Spirit baptised, tongue talking, and faith walking followers of Jesus. They are a peculiar people who pray and read their Bibles everyday and believe every word that is written therein; a peculiar people who go that extra mile without expecting or demanding anything in reply, they simply do it because they love Jesus and want to bless others. They are a peculiar people who love to fellowship and study God’s word, and who love to sing His praises and declare His wonders.
In the film, “The Chicken Run”, which is a children’s animation about chicken who know no other life but living in a chicken pen, there is a scene in which one of the chickens fainted. When he regains consciousness, he says, “My life flashed before me. Oh! It was really boring.” You see, God has not called us to have a really boring lifestyle, but rather, Jesus tells us in John 10:10 (KJV), “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Jesus came that we might have an abundant life, and have it to the full, that we might enjoy Jesus, be radical for Him, and be a peculiar people who love to sing His praise and do His will.
My friend, some may call us fanatics or fundamentalists because we have extreme devotion to Jesus. Some may even call us a “wacky”, a “Jesus freak”, or even fools for Jesus. But, if we are a fool for Jesus, then whose fool are they?
God never called us to live an ordinary lifestyle, but He has called us from a life less ordinary to an extra-ordinary life, to be peculiar, and set apart unto the Lord. We have something to happy about, we have something to rejoice in, we have something to shout about, we have been purchased, set apart, chosen, made holy unto the Lord and called out of darkness into His marvellous light! Glory to His awesome name! Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
God bless you my friend, Matthew.