This past week I have had a few verses running through my mind while I was at work …
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 1 Peter 2:9
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 1 Peter 2:12 (KJV)
I was thinking about what it meant to be a peculiar person. I knew peculiar meant to be different, some say weird, but what does it really mean? Also, how can my good works in the work place glorify God? Well I decided to look in my ISA Bible to figure out if there was a mistranslation.
When I looked up their original translation, I found some good stuff…. in verse 9, the word “peculiar” actually is translated in Greek to be “procuring”…their definitions are somewhat different…
Webster defines “procuring” as :
to get possession of : obtain by particular care and effort
So think about this verse using that definition…. We as Christians are a chosen people, of royalty, called to obtain with care and effort, holiness that praises God….. 🙂 Personally, I keep thinking of purposeful to sum it up all in one word.
Additionally, in verse 12 the word “conversation” is actually translated as ” behavior”. To me this is a HUGE difference. While conversations is a type of behavior, there is other types of behavior.. like working 🙂 Additionally, the word “honest” is actually translated to “ideal” meaning good (literally or morally).
For me, ‘to carefully and with effort try to be holy, that will give God the praises’ is described in verse 12 by having, ‘ideal behavior by good works’.
A challenge for you this week at work: Try to be different purposefully different from your coworkers by being, nicer, kinder, working harder, just so God can get the glory of your good works. Be blessed my friends. 🙂