Be Different - T.Smith

Being “different” or “being an oddball” does not sound too enticing, does it? Most folks do not want to be identified as odd or different. Yet, that is just what a Christian is supposed to be! In Titus 2:14 we read, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”  The word for “peculiar” is a compound word made up of Strong’s numbers G4012 and G1510; meaning being beyond usual, that is, special (one’s own): - peculiar (Strong’s Greek Dictionary). In the Old Testament we read that God’s people are a special people, “For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth” (Deuteronomy 7:6). Of course, these verses state that the child of God will be different from the world.
God’s people must never be conformed to the mind-set that is of the world. “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2). To conform to the things of the world is to lose the “special” identity that we have as children of God. We are told “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world…” (1 John 2:15). Noah lived during a time when “… the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). The difference between Noah and the rest of the world is that “Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). Do you think those around him might have considered him just a little peculiar, an oddball? Most likely they did. As he and his family labored, building the ark, his countrymen must have thought they were different. And he certainly was different because he found “grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8).
The Christian should not seek popularity at the cost of their purity. The older women are to teach the younger to be “…chaste…” (Titus 2:5). “Chaste” means “clean, innocent or modest.” Sometimes our spelling gets mixed up, and we use the word chased instead of chaste. We see many that are dressing and acting in ways that are improper. It is far better to teach and demonstrate modesty to our children while they are young than to try and change their thinking after they mature. The younger men should be taught to be sober minded and godly. Our language should never be laced with profanities like we often hear. Our entertainment ought to be clean and wholesome. Holding to the Bible standard of right and wrong will cause many to think of us as oddballs. Be thankful they can see the difference, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).
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