According to Webster, to be uncommon means to be exceptional, not ordinary, and remarkable.
There is a saying that “When you see your brother or sister putting their hands on fire, will you do the same by joining them”?
Like Joel Osteen said, “God did not create you to be common. We are living in a day where the standards are being lowered, where it’s acceptable to compromise, take the easy way out, and have no integrity. If we’re not careful, we’ll adapt to our environment and become like everyone else. This way of living can limit what God wants to do in our lives. Paul said in Romans 12:2, “Don’t let society squeeze you into its mold.” Learn why it’s important to live with integrity and excellence. When you make the decision to be uncommon, to not fit in and do what everyone else is doing, then you will see uncommon favor, strength, friendships and increase! You will become everything God created you to be”. There are lots of things people do to follow the crowd which is wrong. Another example is, o! my friend had a big wedding, so mine have to be like hers or bigger, or i love the lifestyle of my neighbours family, i want mine to be like that. If we keep following the crowd, we will get lost on the way.
If I were to ask you what the opposite of Holy was, what would you say? Filthy? Sinful? Evil? How about “common”? That’s what the Scriptures teach us. To not be Holy, is to be common. Which also means that to be Holy, we must be uncommon people. Notice God’s command to the people in chapter 22: “Do not treat my holy name as common and ordinary. I must be treated as holy by the people of Israel. It is I, the LORD, who makes you holy.” Lev. 22:32
The traditional definition of Holy is to be “set apart,” which is a great definition. But the problem is that we often don’t know how to practically apply that definition. In simple terms, God wants His people to be different, to be out of the ordinary, to be uncommon from the world–that’s what it means to be set apart.
How can you be uncommon today? It starts by getting close to God. It begins with Him speaking to us. It comes as we have intimate encounters with His Spirit. The uncommon way He is trying to develop in us can only come from Him: “For I am the LORD who makes you Holy” (21:15, 23…) “You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy. I have set you apart from all other people to be my very own.” Leviticus 20:26
To be uncommon, it means we refuse to compromise, we want to follow the right part in getting that job and not the easy part, we refuse to follow the wolves and stand out as the sheep. Lemme share a short story from my past, when i was working with an IT firm. I saw that whatever input i contribute to the company, i wasn’t appreciated. The chairman of the company can be abusive. When i saw that i wasn’t appreciated, i started withdrawing my strength in my tasks. I saw my colleagues doing the same thing so i joined the crowd. A terrible mistake i made, and am sure that was part of the reason i lost my job. “Sad”
It was later when i got to know more about holiness and to be uncommon that gave me more understanding to be different and never follow the crowd. I am grateful now even if it’s not where am supposed to be, i am grateful looking for better opportunities, i won’t complain anymore while my colleagues do. I won’t be negative and adapt to my environment because have stand out from the crowd. It is why i try to advise my friends and family to be uncommon and be different.
When everyone are saying what you doing is wrong, or you are not current in the latest fashion, music or lifestyle. Remember that you are not everyone. I like to use Daniel as an example in the bible.
The story of Daniel in the lion’s den was one of the first stories I learned as a child. Right up there with Jonah and the whale and Noah and his ark, the story of Daniel’s brave refusal to stop praying to the God of Israel is cemented in my brain. It wasn’t until much later, when I read the entire book of Daniel for the first time, that I encountered many other fascinating tidbits about this inspiring Old-Testament hero.
Daniel eventually became a chief advisor to the King, then the third ruler of the entire kingdom. Although he and his three friends held prominent positions in the government, they were not immune from persecution. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego got thrown into a fiery furnace for not worshipping a golden image of the king. A conspiracy against Daniel refusing to stop praying to God led him to be thrown into a den of lions. Why? because Daniel and his friends were uncommon to what others were doing.
As a result of his devotion, Daniel found favor with man and with God (Daniel 9:20-23). Notice also in those verses what the angel Gabriel told Daniel about how swiftly the answer to his prayer was dispatched. This shows us how ready the Lord is to hear the prayers of His people. Daniel’s strength lay in his devotion to prayer and is a lesson for us all. It is not just in the bad times but on a daily basis that we must come to God in prayer.