“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” Titus 2:14 KJV
Who wants to be peculiar? Yes, there are those really show off type of people that want to constantly attract attention to themselves, but most of them do grow up. We don’t, for the most part, like to stand out. Yet that is what Jesus has called us to do. We should stand out clearly in a world that mocks holiness. We should stand out clearly in a world that puts self service above serving others. We bear the name of Christ and He stood out. You couldn’t miss Him and the world should not be able to misidentify us.
If Pergamos practiced immorality a little, Thyatira did it in spades. They had a woman preacher who said it was OK, so they lived without restraint. But the Name of Jesus was on them. They bore his brand. They bore it into the mud and muck of sin, not to pull others out but to revel therein. He told that church that He would “kill her children with death”. That means that there were many in that church who used His name that would not be living with Him for eternity. They made a mockery of Christ with false faith and their judgment was sure. Also it did not bode well for their children. How many of us want our children to perish forever. Perhaps what they see in us may make them think that Christ is of no account. Then what?
Dear Father, Let me be always mindful that I bear the Name of Christ and pass the honor of that Name to my own family. Amen.
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