Christ came to “…Redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14).  

It’s interesting how we try to emulate the latest style, partake in the latest fad, and then try to pass ourselves off as unique.  If one is in Christ his mission is not to try to be different just for the sake of being different; he is just simply different!  Through His sacrifice, Christ has purified us from the defilement of the world and made us His own special possession.  

The word “Peculiar” is normally used in today’s vernacular with a negative connotation.  But in our text above, it speaks of the highest honor bestowed upon man.  As a result of being different, we are to now strive to be, well, different!  “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” (Romans 12:2).  The idea is that we are not to pattern ourselves after the sinful things in this world.  There’s nothing wrong with the latest style if it doesn’t violate the biblical principles of modesty.  There’s nothing wrong with the latest fad unless that fad is to go see a popular movie filled with vulgar language and sexual immorality.  

We need to think less about being “Cool” in the eyes of our peers and more about being holy in the eyes of our Creator!  It takes moral courage to be unique. You can do it!

-Michael Pickford