September 19, 2015
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
What an odd concept in today’s world. When someone says the word “modesty”, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a knee length, oversized skirt paired with some kind of floral turtle neck. While there is nothing wrong with dressing this way, it is certainly not how most girls dream of showing up to their first day of classes.
BUT at the same time, we are often told that in order to be fashionable, we can show as much skin as possible. Not only can we, but we should in order to show that we was women have the same standards as men. But that makes sense, right? If a dude can go topless, why can’t we just go mostly topless? If I can’t tempt him with my body, why is he allowed to tempt me?
(If you ask me, a Godly man should be just as cognizant of this issue… but that’s a different story for a different day.)
We don’t choose to dress modestly because its the socially acceptable thing to do. We choose to dress modestly because it’s what Christ has called us to do. And for good reason! Here are some tangible reasons for modesty.
- It allows you to hold your brothers in Christ accountable.
- It shows that you practice the faith you preach.
- It keeps us from seeking sexual attention.
1 Timothy 2:9-10 says, “…likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.”
In her “Women Living Well” blog, Courtney Joseph contextualizes this verse.
“Yikes! Is Paul forbidding jewelry, fancy hair and expensive clothing here? The Proverbs 31 woman wore fine linen and quality clothing. Esther had nearly a year of beauty treatments. And we see other Godly women in the Bible who were called “beautiful” on the outside such as Rachel and Sarah.
So what does this passage mean? Back when Paul wrote I Timothy, the women who were prostitutes adorned themselves with elaborate hair styles, jewelry and fancy clothes to attract and seduce men. It was a signal –they were available.”
When I first confronted this reality–that my outward presentation reflects the inward state of my heart–it created lots of conviction. As a Christian woman, my identity should not be found in who approves of how I look, but rather, Who I am representing.
When my desire to impress consumes my closet, that’s a bad reflection on my heart.
How can we enjoy what we wear while simultaneously glorifying God? Each week we are going to explore new ways to spice up a modest style. I am still learning how to do this, so any suggestions you guys have would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to comment or even email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For now, enjoy some of these outfit choices for fall 2015!