And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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.
Peculiarity is distinction: an uncommonly noticeable difference; peculiarity is standing up and out from the crowd.
Jesus stood out from all others: not because of His appearance, education, occupation, background, home, honors or wealth. But because of His actions and remarkable behavior: 'And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as One having authority, and not as the scribes' (Mark 1:22).
As a Man, Jesus held the most extraordinary Power the world would ever see. I can only imagine being in His Presence at that time.
Paul stood out from all others: not because of his appearance, education, occupation, background, home, honors or wealth. But because of his actions and remarkable repentance: 'I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy...' (1 Timothy 1:13).
As a follower of Jesus, Paul held the same Power. I can only imagine the super-charged atmosphere every time he entered a room.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Be peculiar, distinct and uncommon. Consider three ways:
1) Don't blend into cultural Christianity: it's like a snobby social club, and God's not into pride, exclusivity or partiality.
2) Don't blend into the American culture: it's turned a blind eye to God. 'If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit' (Matthew 15:14).
3) Don't blend into the Hollywood culture: a kingdom of idols and idol makers, elevated by 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2).
Your job is to rise and shine above every worldly culture in a peculiar Way: His Name is Jesus. Your job is to make a difference, which is the opposite of sameness. ' 'Therefore come out from among them and be separate,' says the Lord' (2 Corinthians 6:17).
My take-home message of 2 Corinthians 6:17 is not isolation in a church community. It's representing Jesus through love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. It's living in this world, but not assimilating its values.
Within His final prayer to God, Jesus put it this way: 'I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one (John 17:15).
## Passionate! Like Paul: Peculiarity (Part 7)
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2015 series called, 'Paul's Powerful Priorities.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Passionate! Like Paul series.