Each year during Advent and Lent, members of the Newberry College community are asked to contribute to a series of devotions. The devotions consist of a passage from Scripture, a few thoughts on the passage, and a brief prayer.
Each day’s devotion is broadcast on WKDK-AM, and published on the college’s website. I was today’s contributor, and this is what I wrote.
Titus 2:11-14 (KJV)
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
These days, when we use the word peculiar, we mean “quaint,” “odd,” or even “weird.” But that wasn’t always the case. When the folks who translated the King James Version were at work, the word meant something belonging only to one person.
That makes sense here – the epistle’s author reminds us that God came to us as Christ in order to bring us to Him, to be his and only his. But I think that in our world these days, the modern meaning of peculiar applies as well. Even during this season in which we prepare for the coming of the Lord, it is easy to get distracted from this time’s – and our – true purpose. To remain focused as we should be is unusual. Perhaps even. . . peculiar. But sometimes, the odd choice is the best one.
Heavenly Father, thank You for calling us to be Yours and Yours alone and truly. Grant us the zeal to hear You, even when it makes us odd. We ask this in the Name of Your Son. Amen.