“…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
Friends of ours are in the process of renovating a massive 100-year-old house. The task looks daunting. I have never had the opportunity to work on restoring the splendor of something so historic.
I am intrigued by the process of carefully considering what should be done to draw out the historical beauty of the original design of the house. Over the last several decades, the old home had a series of cheap “improvements” that detracted from the ornate architecture of the home’s original design.
Believers can do the same thing on our journey of faith. We can become so concerned with getting our way and satisfying our desires that we detract from the glory of God that He longs to reflect through our lives. It shouldn’t be this hard. When we are led by the Holy Spirit to express kindness and wholesome behavior, we draw attention to the splendor of what God has revealed about Himself.
Take a few moments to reflect upon your behavior over the last few days. Does it rightly reflect God to others? Did you model God-like character to others? Or is repentance needed from your divisiveness, dishonesty, anger, or slander?
Father, help me to recognize the attitudes and behaviors in my life that detract from other’s seeing your beauty. Help me to rightly reflect your goodness to my family, my coworkers, and my community. Amen.