Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Judgment (Part 37)
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
1 Timothy 2:9-10 (NIV)
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment... Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's Sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)
Note one crucial, extraordinary fact: Jesus, the King of kings, chose to be plain. 'He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His Appearance that we should desire Him' (Isaiah 53:2).
Has this jaw-dropping choice by our Model been overlooked by some modern Christians? Certainly, showy clothes and skimpy clothes are created to attract attention: their wearers to be admired or desired.
Does adornment with lots of bling really differ from exposure to lots of skin? Maybe, but how does God view modesty? Is it defined by His most humble Son? Did He teach us to focus on the heart, as opposed to superficial judgments?
'For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart' (1 Samuel 16:7).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider some wardrobe planning tips:
1) Girls, don't buy the con: skimpy means free. While skimpy clothes are common today, a guy's desires are triggered by sight. Why would you want to pull that trigger?*
2) That being said, you can't look churchy and marketable at the same time. Cultural relevance is vital to rise on entertainment's stages.
3) The Bible's callouts for modesty are in reference to ostentation. Dressing to flaunt with show-stopping clothes is to boast about physical things.
4) When you focus on physical things, you can forget spiritual things, specifically the Mind of Christ and His exceeding priorities.
5) Dressing with finess is elegance. Stylish simplicity is noticed. It exudes a quiet confidence that invites fans to see you - not clothes.
And when they see you, they see Jesus.
To Be Continued...
* I'm not in the group that says a woman's clothing (or lack thereof) gives a lurker license for s_xual misconduct. Restraint or aggression are right or wrong choices. If aggression is the choice, the perp should pay. Men are called to defend women, especially in those vulnerable positions.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.