In 1 Peter 2:9, the Holy Spirit inspired Peter to tell believers that they are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a peculiar people.
“That ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,” the verse continues.
Are you peculiar? When non-believers see you at work or in public, do they see something different about you?
In Mark 5, we read about a man who was possessed and living among the tombs where the Bible says he cut himself with stones. One day, when Jesus was within eyesight, the man cried out with a loud voice, “Jesus, help me!” Christ obliges and the man is freed from his tormentors. Still, he doesn’t leave. He starts hanging around Jesus and other people notice.
“And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind…”
Yes, the story goes on to say that the people were afraid of Jesus and asked him to leave, but that’s not the point of this blog. Take note of the fact that the people saw ‘the crazy man’ and realized he was now different.
Think about a man who goes years with a beard and suddenly he shows up at work clean shaven. Or, think about someone with long hair who surprises everyone with a crew cut. It was like that with ‘the crazy man,’ only a lot more.
Bottom line, there was something peculiar about this man. And while he did want to travel on with Jesus and the disciples, he follows up on God’s commandment to go home and tell his friends what the Lord did for him.
We should do the same, especially when we consider that Christ “gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works (Titus 2:14 KJV).”