Adorning the Doctrine of God

from Lynda Lindsey

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned… Titus 2:7-8(a)

Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. Titus 2:9-10

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works. Titus 2:11-14

To adorn something is to enhance it, making it more beautiful and attractive to the beholder. Sparkling jewels poured out on a velvet cloth are stunning; even more stunning is to see those same jewels displayed in settings of gold and silver filagree, each stone arranged to enhance the beauty of the whole. The elaborate settings adorn and enhance the already beautiful stones. God’s gospel, beautiful and wondrous in its own right, is adorned, made even more splendid, by the actions of believers in this world. Our changed behavior testifies to the goodness and wonder of God. 

Regardless of prestige or status, whether rich or poor, male or female, once we’ve submitted to the Lord, the Holy Spirit begins His work in us, bringing our character and conduct in line with the doctrine of God; our renewed minds and rearranged lives adorn the already wondrous good news of the gospel! In every word and deed, we strive to be well-pleasing to our Master, for by Jesus’ grace, and only by His grace have we been saved. Under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit and godly preaching and teaching, we begin the process of training in righteousness, holiness, and godliness. 

Hearing and obeying sound preaching and teaching ensures that that we live well in this present age, are well prepared for the age to come, and preserve the true gospel for future disciples. We revere God, respect others, and work hard, giving no occasion for anyone to speak evil against us or the Lord. Godly behavior adorns God’s doctrine and influences the world for Christ that others may be redeemed from lawlessness and be made a people for God’s own possession. To adorn the doctrine of God, whether as leaders and preachers or as followers, is a high and worthy calling; embrace it!