In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, ~Titus 2:7
Anyone who sews understands the importance of having a pattern to follow. A pattern enables the one sewing to make an exact cutting and to be sure that the item being sewn fits the pattern. A pattern is a model that can be reused. It gives the assurance that the object being developed is a replicate of the underlying pattern. Paul made a strong exhortation to Titus to be a pattern of good works to the believers at Crete. By this, he was encouraging him to be the supreme model for other believers. This morning, let us consider how the pattern of our life makes a good impression on the lives of others.
We should be a pattern of sound doctrine.
Our doctrine should indicate a firm and unshakable belief in the Scriptures and that we are not easily moved by the trends and winds of false doctrine. We should be ready to give an answer to every man who asks us of the reason of the hope that is within us. Our doctrine is an indicator of our convictions and the things that we hold to very strongly.
We should be a pattern of stable devotion.
Our devotion to Christ, the church, fellow believers, and our family should show that we are stable and faithful. We live in a day and age in which it is easier for people to quit than to stay. Let us stay in our marriages, in our families, and in the church. Involvement is a sure way of solidifying devotion. The more involved we are, the greater our devotion. Devotion to anything is a reflection of what you put into it. You cannot withdraw more than what you put in without a deficit showing up!
We should be a pattern of spirited duty.
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.” We should be an example of having a can-do attitude. We should be an example of doing things with excellence. We should be an example of going the second mile whenever we are asked to do something. Our duty should indicate that we love what we do and we can’t wait to do it.
We should be a pattern of supportive dialogue.
Paul said that sound speech cannot be condemned. Let us be careful not to say things that could come back to haunt or incriminate us. Our speech should not be seditious, scornful, inflammatory, critical, or contradictory. It should be the kind of speech that edifies and builds others up. It is a soft answer instead of harsh words.
“In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works.” Our goal is to make a good and lasting impression with our works and our words. The stamp of our life upon other people should result in others living Christ-honoring lives, who likewise are making an impression on others.
What kind of pattern are you? Take some time this morning to evaluate the kind of impact you are making with your life.
Have a faithful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 31-32