From Obedience comes peculiarity and pricelessness

To be peculiar implies distinctiveness from the normal or usual or in other words “special”. To be a treasure implies someone or something of great worth and value or in other words “priceless”.

The Bible in the New Testament says that those who believe in Jesus Christ will be a peculiar people. They will be a chosen generation, a holy nation, royal priests; a peculiar people unto the Lord (1 Peter 2:9) But believers ought to recognize that there is a pre-requisite to being a peculiar people, of and for the Lord, and this conditional requirement is stated explicitly in the Old Testament. The requirement is to first obey totally. The Bible says in Exodus 19:5-6 that total (not partial) obedience to God is what would make God’s people peculiar (special over all other nations) and priceless (His very own treasure).

Points to ponder:
Do you/I want to be peculiar and priceless? Do you and I want to be distinct and of great worth? Do you/I want to be God’s chosen royal priests? If yes, then we must obey, not partially but totally (fully). To fear God and keep his commandments is the whole (and sole) duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

Exodus 19:5-6 (KJV)
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV)
13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Are you a Bridge Builder?

As I was reading the poem, “Are you a Bridge Builder?” whose author is purported to be the acclaimed Will Allen Dromgoole, it made me wonder if what is said of the old man in the poem could be said of me? I pray that it could and pray that it could be of you as well.

An old man going a lone highway
came at evening, cold and gray
to a chasm vast and deep and wide.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
the sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side,
and built a bridge to span the tide.
“Old man” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength by building here,
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm deep and wide,
Why build you this bridge at eventide?

The builder lifted his old gray head,
“Good friend, in the path I’ve come,” he said,
“There followeth after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way;
This chasm that has been naught to me,
To this fair youth may a pitfall be;
He, too must CROSS in the twilight dim —
Good friend, I’m building this bridge for him

God the Father gave Jesus Christ, his Son two pieces of wood and three nails and asked Him to build a bridge for man to access God. Jesus laid one piece flat on the ground to signify his act of humility and placed the other perpendicular to signify the access for fallen man from the deep miry pit of sin and death to reach up to God. He then placed Himself on the two pieces of wood and the three nails driven into his hands and feet held the Cross bridge together for man to reach God. He is the master bridge builder and he built a bridge known as the CROSS for us to reach God.

The Latin word Pontifex, used for the council of priests in Rome literally means “bridge builder”. We are royal priests, a.k.a., royal bridge builders ( 1 Peter 2:9) and the Pontifex maximus which literally means “greatest bridge builder” is the High Priest, Jesus Christ, who is established forever (Hebrews 5:5,6). Like the old man in the poem, those who have crossed over from death to life by believing in Jesus (safe on the other side), are we taking the time to build the bridge that restores relationship of those who don’t know Jesus Christ with Him by showing them the bridge Jesus built? Can you/I be called a bridge builder for God?

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood [bridge builder], an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the [bridge called the CROSS that JESUS built and sing the] praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;