Through sound doctrine & good works adorn the name of God. – Titus 2
The Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines adorning as to “decorate, ornament, embellish, beautify, deck, garnish… to enhance the appearance of something by adding something unessential”
To adorn something means to bring attention to the beauty of the beholder. In Titus 2, Paul writes to men and women of the church instructing them in sound doctrine and good works. In verse ten he says these words “so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior” (ESV). Other translations such as the NIV states “so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.”
During a recent study of Titus, this word “adorn” really stuck out to me. The name change does not represent a change of topic but instead a re-focus. I want the purpose to be clear: everything we are striving to do is to adorn or bring glory to God.
With the purpose clear, each topic we walk through has the explicit goal to “make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.” Matthew 5:13-16 teaches that we are to be the salt and the light of the earth. We stand in the light of Christ, as an image-bearer of our almighty God.
Whether we are opening up our home and learning new recipes or studying our design as daughter’s of Christ we do it all to adorn the name of Christ.