Modesty. We always hear the argument for modesty from the perspective that immodest dressing causes men to stumble. And while I do believe that is true, this week I am taking a look at why we have a biblical command to be modest aside from the fact that immodest clothing causes men to stumble. Here is a summary of what we have looked at so far:
1. God created clothes to cover nakedness – God symbolized our need for Christ to cover our sins by making clothes out of animal skin. This was the first sacrifice. Genesis 3:21
2. God created us to be worshippers – God intended that we dress in such a way that reflects that we are His worshippers and that we are not distracting others from worship. 1 Timothy 2:9
“Clothing is an outward symbol of an inward spiritual reality.” ~ Mary Kassian
And last, but not least, we will look at the final principle:
3. God created us to be temples of the Holy Spirit and we are not our own. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
As a Christian, you have heard this principle many times. You know that when you were saved that you relinquished your life to the Lord’s control and that you are to live for Him. But do you think about the fact that you are to dress for Him? I know that when you get dressed in the morning it feels like you are in control of what you do, but you are not. You are under the divine control of the Holy Spirit and you have to submit to the standards that He calls you to. To disregard God’s call for modesty is to disobey Him. You are not your own.
Think about this. When you get married, Scripture tells us that your body is now your husband’s and your husband’s body is yours. Do you want everyone seeing what should be for your husband’s eyes only? How would your husband feel about that?
“But I am not married!” You might protest. It does not matter! Proverbs 31:12 says that the wise woman does her husband good and not evil all the days of her life. All the days of your life start before you are married and before you have even met your husband. Are you doing your future husband good by saving your body for his eyes only?
Likewise, when you become a Christian you are the bride of Christ. You are to dress in a pure manner that pleases the Bridegroom. You are to dress in a way that says that you are His.
Ladies, I am so passionate about this because I want to see you live holy lives before the Lord. Matters of straps and hemlines and cultural modesty expectations are secondary. Those things do not deal with the heart issue. Let me end with this quote from the book Disciplines of a Godly Woman;
“So there’s the challenge – to dress in a way that is feminine, appropriate, and modest. We gospel women must begin with our hearts, allowing God’s Word to search out the thoughts and intentions that influence our wardrobe. We must also turn our attention to the beauties that God values most in us – beauties that have little to do with clothing.”
I beg you ladies to think critically today about what priorities you are screaming, what beauties you are drawing attention to, and what clothing honors your husband.
For further study, here are a few resources that you might enjoy: