When He walked the earth, Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God, forgiveness, compassion, what to do with our money, and our time. He also talked about clothes. Yes, what we wear matters to God.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? ~Matthew 6:25
Girls spend a lot of time worrying about what they will wear. We shop, but we’re hardly satisfied with what we have.
Defining Modesty: freedom from vanity
Will you ever regret dressing too modestly? I have yet to meet a person who regrets wearing the types of clothes that promote purity, modesty and a devotion to God. But I have met women who regret dressing immodestly and the impact that it had on their daughters.
Dresses these days look like shirts to me! (My tip: Wear with leggings or jeans to go with!) If you wear a “dress” that hardly covers you, then the result is the entire world will quickly look past your face, past your heart, your character, and simply see what isn’t covered up! When I saw Christina Aguilera on American Idol, I wondered if she was in such a hurry getting ready back stage that she forgot half of her outfit. Poor girl!
So, do we cover ourselves so much because we fear attention or praise? Should we shun beauty, and toss out our makeup and accessories? Keep your shiny belts, girls, because that is not the goal at all! Modesty is not about fearing beauty or hiding ourselves completely. It’s about promoting purity. It’s a matter of the heart first. If our ambition is to attract attention from guys or to look better than everyone else, it’s a selfish desire. It will only come back to hurt us. The results will give us what we don’t want.
Defining purity: freedom from guilt or evil. Innocence.
We must choose to dwell on the truth of who we are. We are more than a new pair of shoes! We are worth more than a passing glance from a guy. Our value isn’t in what we wear. And thank goodness for that! It takes the pressure off. Who you are is priceless, and no new outfit can express that. In both definitions of modesty and purity, one word is consistent: freedom. When we choose to live the way Christ calls us to live, there is freedom! His love brings freedom from the lies of the world.
The next time you put an outfit on in the morning, consider your motives. Are you wearing that so you can be the center of attention? If so, there’s a longing inside that won’t be filled until you let your heart receive God’s unconditional love. Consider your brothers in Christ, and encourage them to live godly lives. You can do that by how you dress, how you treat them, and how you set an example for the girls around you.
I often hear from guys how tough it is to stay pure. And girls, I’m sorry to say we aren’t doing a very good job of helping them out. In the end, we are all responsible for our own actions. For me, being on stage has made me really think twice about what I wear.
I can point people to Jesus, or distract them from Him.
Are you up for the challenge? It will take some tenacity and courage to go against the flow. It won’t be easy when you are shopping with friends and tempted to buy something that you know won’t promote purity. But every act of obedience to God will be rewarded, though your friends may not reward you. The choice is in front of us every day, and my prayer is that you will choose the path of no regrets.