Whenever I leave my building I immediately step into a street where between a hundred thousand and a million people walk every day. It is not just local people who walk along Istiklal but people from all over the world and all seem to enjoy the experience. The sights and sounds of Istiklal attract a wide range of different people adorned in a variety of fashionable attire and accessories. It is clear people have different ideas about what makes a person look attractive!
As Christians we can enhance our appearance in various ways but more importantly we must adorn the gospel. We have the responsibility to make the gospel attractive to others.
Paul wrote in his letter to Titus: “so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.” This was written as an instruction to slaves to conduct themselves in such a way as to make the gospel attractive but in the context of the letter it also applied to the rest of the church.
Paul emphasizes the importance of knowledge and faith but at the same time believers were to adorn the gospel by the way they lived their lives. This was important even for Christian slaves as they served their masters. This would have meant great sacrifice especially if their masters were unkind. But Paul recognised that if their lives, even under those circumstances, were marked by godliness then the gospel would have been adorned.
Every day we can either obscure or adorn the gospel by our conduct. In order to adorn the gospel we have to follow the example of Christ in the way that we live and relate with others. It is especially during those times when it is costly to follow Christ and when we have to deny ourselves that our adornment of the gospel is most visible.