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.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people...
After my conversion to Christ, I studied the King James Bible, which at first seemed like a foreign language. The NKJV was next, 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:
'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.
## Leadership Series: Peculiar (Part 40)
* 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.