July 14, 2019
Bondservants are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; 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
Paul seems to be addressing a very specific group of people: “Slaves,” “bondservants,” “servants…” What does this have to do with us? We might be tempted to say as the Christ’s early followers did, “We have never been enslaved to anyone.” John 8:33.
Yet Paul frequently identifies himself as a servant of God. There may be more application to this “slave” or “servant” address than it seems at first. The excellent behaviors that slaves are called to practice in this week’s verses are surely those all Christ’s followers ought to evidence. And once again, the reason is that their behavior might “adorn the doctrine of God our savior,” be attractive to a hostile world, shine a light that glorifies God.
Still the masters referenced seem to be worldly authorities. While we are not “slaves” in the sense of being owned by other human beings, most of us are in various situations where our freedom is curtailed. We have jobs, relationships, legal responsibilities, health regimens and other circumstances that might qualify as servitude to us. In these circumstances, how can our attitude and behavior “adorn” the Gospel?
This Sunday, Kip Dochterman will unpack these two important verses for us. Would you reread the passage this week several times? Please pray for Kip and the worship team as they prepare, as well as for all who will join us for services at Grace. Pray also that God would open our hearts to hear how this passage applies to us and those we minister to.
Look forward to seeing you Sunday.
A Fellow Bondservant