As Christians, we want to live, and act in such a way that the cause of Christ becomes attractive to others.
- Matthew 5:16
Light dispels darkness. We shine our lights by the good work we do. We must uphold the truth by the good that we do in the world.
" Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things." - Titus 2:9-10
We should make the doctrine of Christ beautiful, or attractive in every way.
The Greek word for adorn, cosmeo, means; adorning, ornament, decoration. From this we get the word, cosmetic, which is to make beautiful in ornamentation, to make attractive, arranging in proper order to give symmetry or comeliness or beauty.
The Importance of Making Christianity Attractive
In all that we do in our life we are to try to adorn, or make attractive, the cause of Christ.
Attractive, that which attracts or draws, alluring, inviting, pleasing.
We make the doctrine of Christ attractive by the way we live our lives so that others will want to be a part of the good.
In advertising they seek to use something attractive to cause people to be attracted to, and want to buy what they are advertising. They never show the negative side of the product, but rather only the part that may be attractive.
The advertisers certainly knows how to make these things attractive. And Satan, truly seeks to make sin, attractive.
- Genesis 3:5-6
Satan advertised the fruit to her, he attracted Eve to eat of the fruit.
- 1 John 2:16
The devil understands that to make something attractive is to lure people to his way. The Father also understands the importance of attracting men to the cause of Christ.
- John 12:32
Jesus being lifted up, draws men to him. Salvation is attractive.
- Acts 2:47
The early church sought to attract people to Christ by having favor with all the people. The early church grew in this way.
Peter also pointed out the value of attractiveness in the way a wife lives.
- 1 Peter 3:1-4
We can make Christianity attractive by the way that we live.
We have the truth, the word of God, the doctrine of Christ. But, have we learned the importance of makng it attractive to others? Does our life really reflect what we are trying to teach the world?
How Do We Make the Gospel Attractive?
- 1 Peter 2:12
- Matthew 5:16
How many of us have done just one good work this past week, or past year?
Is the reason we are not as attractive in the community, that we do not do these things?
By our Love
- John 13:35
The early church loved so much that even the Roman soldiers took note of it. God used love in the early church to teach others the good news of Christ.
- Acts 2:44
- John 3:16
Love is a basis of Christianity, we must ask ourselves, is hatred and strife in the body of Christ causing the world to be turned away from the doctrine?
Our speech should always be with grace making the church, the doctrine of Christ attractive to the world.
- Colossians 4:6
We should use language that is always with grace, giving glory to God. What we share with the world, in word, even on Facebook, should be a communication that is with grace seasoned with salt.
- Ephesians 4:29
That which is good is to edify. We ought to build people up, rather than tear each other down.
- Ephesians 4:32
Jesus prayed that we would all be united.
- John 17:20-21
When you look at the religious world, the denominations of men, all teaching different things can cause confusion, by those who do not know God. That dis-unity does not attract to Christ, it causes confusion.
Unity is to be of one mind, and one spirit.
- Acts 4:32
The unity believed in one mind, and had all things common. There was oneness, unity, of heart and soul among those Christians then. But, denominations teach different things, causes dis-unity and does not attract to the doctrine of Christ.
When people see the peace of Christ, the peace of mind and heart, we attract others to Christ.
- Philippians 2:14-15
When we live at peace we shine at lights in the world. When one is not complaining, we stand out as different. Thus, we show something peaceful, and different to the world.
- Philippians 4:6-9
Our dealings with everyone must be honest in every way. When someone gives you more money in change and you return it, or you find money that doesn’t belong to you and you turn it in you surprise others. You set yourself apart from the world. and it becomes attractive to those who watch us.
- 1 Timothy 4:12
We must really, truly, live what we believe. We should always strive in everything to be consistent. The inconsistency of the Jews made their faith unattractive to the Gentiles. Our inconsistencies can cause others to turn away from the truth when we are not consistent in what we say.
Are we consistent in teaching the baptism of Christ in our message? But, failing to be a church who follows the command to, go.
- Matthew 28:19
- Hebrews 10:25
- Matthew 6:33
Being consistent in our teaching and practice is what makes Christianity attractive.
Ruth forsook Moab to be dedicated to Naomi. It is that dedication that made her attractive to Boaz.
- Ruth 1:16-17
Being dedicated, putting out the best effort makes Christianity attractive.
What are we to do to Make Christianity Attractive?
We are to do good and always be showing good fidelity. We shouldn’t do anything that distracts the gospel of Christ. We should make the church a place of comfort to those who are weary. If God’s goal is for all to come to knowledge of faith. Then, we should do all we can to make Christianity attractive to others.
He called us to be salt and light, to be attractive in the world. So that, non-followers of Jesus will come to know Him. We are to be attractive in order to draw others to Christ.
When we point out the love of Christ being risen up on the Cross for the redemption of sin. We make Him attractive to others.
We can't show the Christianity attractive until we ourselves have become Christians and are living as faithful Christians.We must upon hearing the word of the gospel believe that Christ was sent as the son of God to die for us. We must believe in our hearts unto obedience. We must make the choice in our minds to repent of our sins, confessing that Jesus is God's son, and be buried in baptism to have our sins washed away.
If we've done those things, but have not been living a faithful Christian life, we must once again, choose to be repentant and ask God for forgiveness, and seek to live a life faithful to Christ.
When we are consistent, loving, at peace with God and one another and showing good works to each other and the world around us, we can make Christianity attractive to others.
- Jack McNiel, Evangelist