Definition: strange or odd. Unusual; particular; special; distinctive characteristics.

“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:”

‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

If you’re considered to be any one of the definitions above, rejoice! You’re in good company. Jesus asked the people what they were expecting to see when they met John the Baptist. Talk about unusual and peculiar, John fit the bill, but there wasn’t another chosen to introduce Jesus to the world. Listen to Jesus’ words concerning him.

“As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’ “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:7-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

John was the fulfillment of every prophetic word spoken about Jesus. Every other prophet spoke about it but never witnessed it. John the Baptist declared Him to be the Lamb of God. But he didn’t look the part, his garments and diet would’ve had him labeled a wild man today. But his message was so profound that people were being saved and baptized before Jesus showed up. We can tell he was peculiar by the questions put to him by the Jews and Levites. John 1:15-36.

The scriptures are filled with peculiar people, people who refused to be shaped by the culture around them. They did strange, odd and unusual things by the leading of the Holy Spirit. Who wins a battle simply by hearing marching on tree tops? David did. If that isn’t peculiar I don’t know what is. See 2 Samuel 5:23-25. Who causes an axe head to float by throwing a piece of stick in the water or remove poison from a pot of stew by adding flour? Elisha did. He was one bad bald headed scary- well peculiar- prophet. See 2 Kings 6; 2 Kings 4:38-41. God uses people who aren’t afraid of being labeled peculiar. People who don’t mind standing up for what they believe. Who aren’t afraid to frustrate the status quo for the gospel’s sake. Just read through Hebrews 11. You’ll find an A listing of the most peculiar people you’ll ever find in the history of the Church.

The apostle Paul was so peculiar they couldn’t kill him until he declared he was ready. He wrote his own obituary. 2 Timothy 4:7-8. He and the other disciples did things that would make our heads spin today. Whose shadow healed the sick? Peter’s, Acts 4:15-16. Whose body had so much power that handkerchiefs placed on him healed the sick? Paul’s. Acts 19:11-12. Who married a prostitute to demonstrate the love of God for His people? Hosea did. Hosea1. Who ate a scroll to demonstrate the importance of having God’s Word front and center in our lives? Ezekiel did. Ezekiel 3. Who walked around naked and barefoot for three years to fulfill a prophecy against Egypt and Syria? Isaiah did. Isaiah 20. Who worships after losing everything? Job did. Job 1. Who wipes out an entire army with one Angel? God did! Who walked on water in the middle of a storm? The same Angel who wiped out the Syrian army. 2 Kings 19:35. Need I go on? Peculiar people indeed. We serve a peculiar God. He’s like no other. The Bible says His ways are past finding out. Romans 11:33

So what’s your defining peculiarities? What sets you apart from the crowd? Or do you fit in so well no one can tell? Some Christians are afraid to submit completely to the Lord for fear of what He may ask them to do or what they believe they’ll have to give up. But if you study the lives of the people I mentioned, they gained more than they lost. We have been chosen to be peculiar. We have been chosen to show darkness what true light looks like. We’ve been chosen to show His praise through our everyday peculiarities. There was no denying who the true God was. Those who were willing to be ostracized, ridiculed, persecuted, labeled a heretic and a Jesus freak, inherited the promise. We too can have our names written in the halls of faith for the next generation. But it will only be possible if we’re willing to be…PECULIAR.

Written by permission of the Holy Spirit

W. Tennant

November 30, 2021

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