~1 Peter 2:9 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.
The born-again Christian is considered “crazy” according to the world. Christians are portrayed as lunatics in movies. Television portrays Christians as idiots. It is quite infuriating. However, Peter said that Christians are a peculiar people. We are different from the world – or at least we should be.
Am I walking the walk or merely talking the talk? Many say they are Christians but they do not act any differently than their neighbor. Many sit in pews at church on Sunday but come Monday, they act just like everyone else at work. Peter emphasizes that the Christian has been called out of darkness into Christ’s marvellous light. The Christian should be changing and becoming more like Jesus with each passing day.
~2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
Paul encourages us to purge ourselves of worldliness and sin – yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s convicting power in our lives. When we yield to Him, we become vessels of gold and silver. We honor God with our lives. Let the world make fun of us. Our goal is not to please them but to please the Master.