A finely dressed table makes for an elegant meal.
Linen softens the woodwork, candles flicker romantically, and glassware gleams in the muted light.
Then we see spots on the flatware. It’s nothing, really, no more than a series of smudges we won’t be able to taste, and we couldn’t feel them if we tried.
Yet, the illusion is soiled, and afterward, we remember the stains and not the perfection of every other facet of the evening.
The way we live our lives is much the same. Titus 2:7-8 sets our standard.
“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.”
Good works means we set a higher standard than the world demands. We hold ourselves to that standard even in private, and we reveal it in the way we speak on the phone, on social media, and in casual conversation.
Our benchmark must be Christ. When we hold ourselves to his standard, we’ve polished our flatware, and no criticism can be said about us.
When we aim for perfection, our source of inspiration is Jesus.
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