by Barbara Latta @barbaralatta
Not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things. (Titus 2:10 NKJV)
We women love to adorn ourselves with new clothes, jewelry, and hair styles. We spend hours making ourselves as beautiful as possible before we walk out the door.
When we are young girls we meticulously prepare for special dates such as high school proms, dinners, banquets, and meetings. We plan for months with attention to every detail as the biggest event of our lives approaches—the wedding. We want everything to be perfect.
Females love to be adorned with beauty.
Paul wrote to Titus and gave instructions for the roles of men and women in the body of Christ. Part of those instructions were for women to show fidelity by not pilfering (which means to steal)[i], but to adorn themselves with the doctrine of Christ. Adorn[ii] means to enhance the appearance of an object or to decorate.
The people Titus ministered to were in Crete, a place filled with immorality and selfishness. The believers in Crete had come out of this heathenistic lifestyle and even though they were born again believers, they needed to retrain their minds in how to live according to God’s ways.
Our environment is no different now. We are surrounded by ungodliness on every level. The temptation to give in and go along with the crowd tells us life would be easier if we would just compromise. Voices demand their own way. Nothing is looked upon as sin.
As Christian women, how do we adorn ourselves with the gospel of Christ in a spiritually darkened atmosphere?
We put on the robe of righteousness. This means we see ourselves as God sees us. Not in condemnation or guilt but made holy by the blood of Christ. Rather than living in despair and despondency, we should see the victory our Savior has given us.
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. (Ephesians 1:4 NASB)
We wear the shoes of the gospel of peace. When we put on those sandals, espadrilles, or pumps, we can look at these as leaving the footprints of Jesus wherever we go. We carry the message of peace as we travel through our cities by refusing to give in to offense when a situation arises that can stir up agitation.
Wear shoes that are able to speed you on as you preach the Good News of peace with God. (Ephesians 6:15 (TLB)
We guard our minds with the crown of life. The words of Christ should always be uppermost in our minds to protect us from deception. Once we are established in truth, we are stable and the winds of change, political correctness, sinful opinions, or media bias won’t topple our belief system.
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23 ESV)
When we are adorned with the gospel we are enhanced by the loveliness of the grace of Christ. Physical allure can’t compare with the exquisiteness of heaven as we wrap ourselves in the cloak of God’s love.
Our appearance in this world can shine like a beacon of hope to attract others to this same wardrobe.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:14)
Our ladies Bible study at my church is currently studying Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s book, Adorned, Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together.
You may want to check out this study and see more about how you can adorn your life with wearing Christ’s character every day.
Join the conversation and share your thoughts. What other ways can you think of that show us how to adorn our lives with the gospel?