"He gave Himself for us,
that He might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto Himself a peculiar people..."
So what is it that makes us "peculiar"? Is it the things that come before this verse? They could be considered rather radical to some these days.
Older men should be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience... (v2)
Younger men should be sober-minded, showing a pattern of good works in all things, showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, and a sound mind... (v6-8)
Older women should be reverent in behavior; not slanderers; not given to much wine; teachers of good things; and guides for young women... (v3)
Younger women should learn to love their husbands and children, be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their husbands... (v5)
All of us speaking only things proper for sound doctrine. (v1)
That the word of God may not be blasphemed (v5). That the enemy might have nothing evil to say of you (v8).
Now the tricky part for some of you might be figuring out if you are young or old. Well if you're not sure, go ask someone who's older. Or younger. That should clear it right up for you.
But once you've decided which group you belong to, then it's time to look to see if that description fits you. And if it does, congratulations! You're peculiar!
If you don't think it quite describes you, then I'm afraid you're not quite peculiar enough, and you need to work on that.
It's rather peculiar to be thought of as peculiar, isn't it? But as Christians, we're supposed to stand out. We're supposed to be set apart.
And then there's this: sometimes we are supposed to be peculiar even amongst those the world calls peculiar. That one's hard. Sometimes you find yourself at odds even with other Christians, and needing to set yourself apart even from them, if their walk is not what it should be.
Now, you might be thinking that "odd or unusual" is not quite what you'd like to be, but if so, then you're looking at the wrong definition of the word, and I would direct you to its origin. It's from the Latin, peculiaris, meaning "private property".
If you are His, then you, my friend are peculiar. Isn't that awesome?
Now get out there and be as peculiar as you can be!
~ "Let no one despise you" ~