Adornment

Titus 2:10 “…that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.”

In Titus chapter 1, Paul gives Titus the task of seeking out and ordaining elders in every city. A daunting task I’m sure. Paul then goes on to describe the character qualifications that these elders must possess. In Titus chapter 2 Paul explains that the elders must be as described because it is their job and responsibility to ensure that the younger generations are properly trained in the way that they should go, for the younger generations would follow the example that was set before them. And then Paul makes this very profound statement: “that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things”.

Let’s look at the words adorn and doctrine.

Oxford dictionaries defines adorn as to “make more beautiful or attractive” and defines doctrine as “the belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a church”.

Lets for word that verse this way for clarification sake: that they may (make more beautiful or attractive) the (belief or set of beliefs held and taught by the church) of God our Saviour in all things. (emphasis mine)

Wow! What a weight of responsibility that is placed on our elders! And on us as we will become the next generation of elders!

This isn’t saying that the elders add to the gospel because no-one is supposed to do that. (See Deuteronomy 4:2).

What this is saying is that the life we lead and the fruit of our faith should lead one to desire to share in our faith.

So what kind of adornment are you? Do people see gaudy fake costume jewelry that screams look at me  or do they see a diamond formed through life’s pressures and trials that shouts from the rooftops, Look to  Jesus?

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