Be a Pattern of Good Works

Every child of God is expected to single themselves out by their good deeds, exhibited towards all men. It’s one of the infallible proofs of our faith. Apostle Paul went the extra mile by admonishing Titus not just to produce good works but to be a pattern for it. To be a pattern is to serve as a model or guide for something to be replicated.

“in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works. . . .” Titus‬ ‭2:7‬.

As mold is to casting, so is a dress pattern to an apprentice seamstress. With the availability of a pattern sketched on paper, the apprentice is assured of a perfect cut and as such has no reason to fear for loss or damage of materials, especially if they happen to be expensive. Apostle Paul recognizes the worth of souls, and unwilling to take chances, demanded of Titus to be a pattern of good works that believers and unbelievers alike could comfortably emulate to glorify God. “. . . .that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.” ‭‭(Titus‬ ‭2:8‬).

Good works should naturally be the signature of a true child of God. Our life shines the light of God through the manifestation of good works as Jesus rightly stated in Mt.5:16. Failure of a professing child of God to exhibit good works is a convincing indicator that such a fellow is most likely a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a member of the mixed multitude or a pretender. Which one are you? ”Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Cor.13:5).

This is a call to be a pattern, a standard to copy, a lifestyle that would provoke others to seek your God like Ruth did for the God of Naomi (Ruth 1:16b). It’s a call for us to be a walking epistle for men to read, consequently take cues from and ultimately ask that salient question; “how can I be like you?” Pattern!

TODAY if only you will hear the voice of the Spirit “. . . saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?. .” and you will cry out like Isaiah did “. . Here am I; send me. “ (Isaiah 6:8) as your pattern to my world!