Friday, January 15, 2021

Sister Tarpley: Enhanced by the Doctrine of God

Sister Tarpley and Big Tex, Texas State Fair, Senior Citizen Day, October 20, 2016, and on her way to Heaven 97 Gospel Fest Concert on the Chevy Big Stage (File Photo)

“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” (Titus 2:9-10).

The island of Crete was known for its corruption and many false gods.  It was also the center of the jewelry trade.

The use of the word “adorn” in the Bible passage may have been intentional by Paul due to this fact.

Titus and the believers in Crete were challenged by Paul to adorn their lives with the doctrine of God.  

Whenever you are challenged by an environment that is corrupt and ungodly, you have an opportunity to let your light shine before those in that environment or those with shared attitudes.

The greater the corruption, the greater your light can shine.  It is not a time to flee; it is a time to shine brighter.

Paul addressed five unique things believers could do: 

1) To be obedient to their masters.  They were to submit to their authority structures.   

2)  Be well pleasing in all things.  This meant doing their work with excellence.

3)  Do not answer back.  They were to handle conflict with wisdom and courtesy.

4)  Not pilfer. They were not to steal, but model integrity.  

5)  Show all good fidelity. This meant demonstrating loyalty and dependability.         

Do you find your environment or community difficult to be?   The answer is to live to glorify the Lord in the midst of your environment and/or the way you live your life will be viewed by many others.

An industry survey revealed the average person will come in contact with 300 people over the course of a year through their work and community.  

What better opportunity to let your life be adorned by the doctrine of God. St. Francis Assisi agrees:  He encouraged believers in his day to “preach the gospel always and when necessary use words.”

Tell God that you are so sorry for the pride that creeps into your heart.  He alone is worthy.  He alone spoke this earth into being.  He alone breathed the breath of life into mankind.  He holds the universe in place.   

Who are we to take credit for anything?  Thank God for all He has given and all He has done.  Thank God for meeting our needs and for all He has accomplished through us. 

Ask God to make you a blessing to others and minister through you to a lost and needy world.  And, to fill you up with His strength and wisdom that you might lift up His name on high.  As you thank God, praise Him in the name of Jesus.

 

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