“Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.”
The children of Israel were given several standards that caused them to be different from all the other nations. Their diet, clothing standards, and way of living was to be different. Their worship was to be different. Their speech was to be different. God wanted His people to be different because they were His people. Likewise, when you got saved, you became a part of the people of the LORD. Just like God expected Israel to be different, so He expects the child of God to be different. In this chapter, God shows three purposes as to why His people are to be different.
First, the people of the LORD are to be different because they are His children. God says in the verse above, “Ye are the children of the LORD…” When you got saved, you no longer belonged to the world or Satan; you are a child of God. Your Father is God, and the relationship of being a child demands that you be different.
Second, the people of the LORD are to be a holy people. The word “holy” means to be set apart. In other words, you are to be dedicated or consecrated to God for a purpose. What is that purpose? The purpose of being holy is because you are a child of God. God has a purpose for your life, and you cannot fulfill that purpose unless you set yourself apart from the world to fulfill God’s purpose in your life.
Third, the people of the LORD are to be a peculiar people. To the world, you will look strange, but to God you are His child. The word “peculiar” comes from the same word as being a treasure. The reason God wants you to be different from the world is because you are His treasure; if I may put it this way, you are His favored child. God wants you to be peculiar to the world so they will know that you are treasured or cherished by God.
Why would God want you to be so different? First, because He doesn’t want to share you with the world. You belong to God. He purchased you with His blood; therefore, He wants all of you and not part of you. My friend, the LORD deserves your whole devotion because He is the One who purchased you with His blood. If the LORD asks you to dress, talk, live and be different, it should be of no difficulty to do so because you were redeemed from sin and Hell by His blood.
Second, God wants you to be different from the world because He wants the world to know that you belong to Him. The world should be able to look at how you dress and live and be able to say that you belong to God. Why is it such a hardship for you to dress differently from the world? Why make such an ado about dressing, talking and living differently? God wants you to be different so that the world knows that you are taken by God.
Third, God wants you to be different from the world because you are His child. Just like my parents told me to live a certain way because I was their child, so the LORD wants you to live differently because you are His child. The children of God should live in such a manner that the world knows you are a Christian. My question to you is this; can the world tell that you belong to Christ when you walk down the street? If not, you need to change whatever would cause them not to think you are a Christian.