Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Leadership (Part 40)
For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto Himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
Deuteronomy 14:2 (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.
1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Titus 2:13-14 (KJV)
After my conversion to Christ, I studied the King James Bible. At first, It seemed like a foreign language. Soon enough, I began to get It. The NKJV was my next Read, but many theologians say the NASB is our closest translation. That being said...
When the KJV describes God's people as 'peculiar' (as in unusual or distinct from all others),* it made sense to me. We should be unusual.
Regarding our Lord's desire to 'Purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works' (Titus 2:14), consider this commentary:
'Just as Jehovah wished to establish a people which should belong to Him ('peculiarly His,' 'His very own'), submitting to His Laws, in contrast to the rest of mankind, lawless, idolatrous--so Jesus would set apart and purify for Himself a people, which for His sake should devote itself to God, in contrast to the rest of humanity sunk in selfish sins' (Ellicott's Commentary on Titus 2:14).**
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Be peculiar. Be peculiarly thankful, professional, prepared, positive, helpful and non-judgmental. Be a surprising Christian in the entertainment industry.
Be unusual. Be unusually loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and disciplined. Be an unusual person in this world.
Be distinct from all others: Be distinctly the performer God created you to be. Don't try to copy anyone but Jesus. Only by copying Him will your distinction be enhanced and not diminished. You'll increase in marketability, because the world loves an original. In fact, it's dying for your brand.
Worldly stars aren't peculiar. They follow the same pattern. They rise and fall, because they glow in manmade light. By your difference, you can show them how to rise, shine and remain.
To Be Continued...
* American Heritage Dictionary
** Ellicott's Commentary on Titus 2:14, especially in regards to the use of the word, peculiar: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/titus/2-14.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.