In these present “distressful times,” we as the Body of Christ must recognize our peculiar place. Why would I use the word peculiar? In 1 Peter 2:9 it declares, we are a “royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people.” The word “peculiar” is used in the King James Version, whereas the New King James says, “special.” I like the word “peculiar” in this instance because it has more emphasis on the idea that we are different, and perhaps strange, in terms of our comparison with the rest of the world. When the children of Israel lost their sense of uniqueness, it always led to their downfall. To stay in tune with God’s way, we must be very careful to see that we are often divergent with society. As individual Christians, it is important to understand what the prophet Isaiah declared when he prophesied, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” He goes on to say, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways…”
Let’s not Fall Prey to our Mindsets!
When the children of Israel were getting ready to go into the Promised Land, God encouraged their Leader, Joshua, to be sure and follow the Law of God. He also told him that he should “…meditate on it day and night…” Why the constant vigilance? Because God’s ways are so different than our own that we must constantly survey our choices. It is like what the Apostle Paul said to the Galatian church, “Are you foolish? Having begun in the Spirit are you now made perfect in the flesh?” (Galatians 3:3) It is completely possible, if we are not careful, that even when we begin with God in mind, our next step can be a fleshly response instead of a walk in the spirit. Because of our natural mindsets, programmed through our human experience, we can easily fall prey to our mindsets—even when we begin with God in mind. I often say, “I can’t impact people by simply changing their minds, I must change their mindsets.” The human brain has a natural inclination to follow the familiarity of our experience because this is how we naturally navigate life. We must remember, “…the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” The scripture goes on to say, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8)
The Power of Abiding
What kind of a mind will you have? God is looking for a people who see their uniqueness and specialness. He is looking for a people who will be His witnesses in the world today. This must be a people who abide in the Word. In John 15, Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” We need to be a people powerful in prayer! God wants to give us special authority for these special times; yet, He will not commit this authority to carnal people. It will be given to a people who abide in the Word, and in the process, become renewed in their thoughts to reflect the nature and person of God to our world. God is looking for true disciples of Jesus Christ. A true disciple is someone committed to hear and be a doer of the Word. I hear the call of the Lord asking us to rise to the perfect will of God, let’s take that first step today!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 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 12:1-2)