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Lutz, FL 33548

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Odd

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” ( 1 Peter 2:9 ) NKJV

Diogenes was a Greek philosopher who lived in the late 300’s BC. One day a friend wrote to him about the behavior of Christians. Listen to his words:

 

“They live in their own country, but only as aliens. They share everything as citizens, but endure everything as foreigners. They busy themselves on earth, but their citizenship is in heaven. They obey the laws on earth, but in their lives they go far beyond what the law requires. They love all men, but by all men they are persecuted. They are put to death, yet brought to life. Dishonored, yet in their dishonor, glorified. They are defamed, yet vindicated. Reviled, yet they bless. When they do good, they are punished as evildoers. They undergo punishment,but still rejoice because they have been found worthy. Strange they are, Strange.”

 

A.W. Tozer said, “A real Christian is an odd number.” Have you ever felt like you are “odd man out?” You are you know. You’re odd. In fact in our verse today, Peter said, we are “peculiar.” What would you think of a person who feels a supreme love for One whom he’s never seen—who talks everyday to Someone he cannot see? Or the person who empties himself in order to be filled – who admits he’s wrong so he can be declared right? He goes down in order to get up. He’s strongest when he’s weakest. He’s the richest when he is poorest. He’s the happiest when he feels the saddest. He dies so he can live. He forsakes in order to have. He gives away so he can keep. He sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and believes the impossible. Strange we are— Just strange. To which we admit, yes we are. Call us odd, call us strange, call us peculiar- but I’d prefer we just be called sons and daughters of The Most High God. Twice-born people living in a once-born world, going against the tide of culture. No sir, I do not plan on “fitting in.” I’m an odd number. And if you are God’s son or daughter, you are too. Here’s our problem. Too many are trying to fit in, when God made us to stand out. Go ahead, jump in that pool called, “odd.” We’ll swim together. The water is just fine.

 

-Pastor Ken