Sunday Inspiration: Are You One of the Peculiar People?


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Are You One of the Peculiar People?

Embracing Your Role as a Child of God

by J.M. Troppello


I’m one of the peculiar people, are you one as well? I have this passage from I Peter 2:7-10 listed below from the NKJV, which I read daily. It says, ‘His own special people.’ However, in the KJV, it says peculiar people. This is I Peter 2:9 from the 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.”


7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,
“The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,”
8 and
“A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.”
They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (I Peter 2:7-10, NKJV)

As a Christian, you are now God’s child. You’ve been ‘adopted’ by Him and have obtained mercy. You were called out of darkness into His marvelous light. I love this statement from A.W. Tozer: “A real Christian is an odd number. He feels supreme love for One who he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to Heaven on the virtue of Another (Jesus), empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes knowledge.”


That’s a lot to unpack, but his statement is all based on Scripture.


According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB), “We are a priesthood that functions in a ruling capacity, as kings. Believers are a unified group of people who are set apart for God’s use. We are His own special (peculiar) people. God protects those whom He has adopted into His family.”


All of this is such a great reminder to me of how much God loves me, and how much my salvation means to me. God called me out of darkness into His marvelous light. And His light is definitely marvelous. I’ve felt His presence in my life so many times. Too many times to count. I know my relationship with God is real – even though I can’t see Him with my physical eyes. Yet, I’ve connected with Him in true communion with my spiritual eyes.


The world does not understand the things of God. That’s okay. As Christians, we need to be loving witnesses each day to unbelievers. Pray for others’ eyes to be opened. You may never see the harvest of the seeds that you are planting in other people’s lives today. However, that shouldn’t stop you from being that living witness of the Gospel. I hope that encourages you to continue being that witness each day.


Are you one of the peculiar people?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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