Attractive… or Unattractive?
Titus 2:9-10 says this,
Exhort bondservants to be obedient to their own masters, to be well pleasing in all things, not answering back, not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Let's focus on that phrase at the end, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. We adorn the gospel. We dress it up in clothes, as it were.
The New International Version says this, And not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive. We make the gospel attractive or unattractive.
I was returning from Europe one time when, just before they closed the door of the plane, a woman rushed in and sat next to me. She was wearing a baggy wool cap pulled down low, a pair of glasses sticking out from underneath the cap, a big baggy woolen sweater, and a bright orange sweat suit.
When we took off, I closed my eyes and took a little snooze. When I opened my eyes and looked at her, I was startled because there was this beautiful woman sitting next to me. I was really shocked.
She turned out to be an actress who, I guess, was traveling incognito. There was this amazing lady hidden under all this frumpy stuff. Sometimes we take this amazing gospel that we have, and we adorn it in such a way that it is unattractive.
We must be careful to make the gospel attractive. But in order to do that, I believe it is important to see how we make the gospel unattractive first.
Our next few devotionals will deal with that subject.
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