Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
Judgment: Skimpy Clothes
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? Without a doubt, showy or skimpy clothes are created to attract attention: to inspire admiration or desire.

Does adornment with lots of bling really differ from exposure to lots of skin? Maybe, but how does God view modesty? Surely, it's defined by His humble Son-- Who advised us to focus on the heart, as opposed to superficial assets...

'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, you're gems, so don't sell yourself short. While skimpy clothes are common today, a guy's desires are triggered by sight. Lust isn't love. You deserve better.*

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 over-done clothes is boasting, and boasting's not godly.

4) When you focus on physical things, spiritual things are forgotten, specifically the Mind of Christ and His exceeding priorities.

5) Dressing with finesse is elegant. 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.

## Judgment: Skimpy Clothes (Part 37)

* I'm not in the group that says a woman's clothing (or lack thereof) gives a lurker license for sexual 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 vulnerable positions.

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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