Modesty and Jesus. These are two words that we normally do not use in the same sentence. Jesus really doesn’t care about what we wear, right? Are outward appearances really that important?
First a little background concerning who we are in Christ…
Once we were totally lost in sin, without any hope. Now as Christian ladies, we are new creatures! How amazing is that!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Not only are we new creatures, but we no longer belong to ourselves. While some may balk at this statement, it is true. You are no longer your own.
For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:20
We are now new creatures that do not belong to ourselves. We completely and absolutely belong to God. We are to glorify God in our body (which can include what is physically on our body) and spirit. On top of that, Jesus is always with us.
Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
He is with us when we are walking the beach in our bikinis. He is with us when we put on that top with the plunging neckline to go to our husband’s work banquet. He is with us as we walk the aisles of the grocery store in our skinny jeans.
This is something that we normally do not think about. We like to envision Jesus sitting cozily in our hearts. But what if He was looking at us face to face. Would we be embarrassed, or ashamed, by our apparel? Would our apparel detract from Him?
If Jesus were physically walking beside us, would others look at Him? Or would they be tempted to gaze at our immodest clothing? I for one would want all attention off of myself. If our clothing could tempt people away from Christ, then a change is in order. After all, we are Jesus’ ambassadors!
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
2 Corinthians 5:20
Before we put on our bikinis, revealing tops, short skirts, and skinny jeans let’s keep in mind…
We are new creatures. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We no longer belong to ourselves. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
Jesus is with us always. (Matthew 28:20)
We are His ambassadors! (2 Corinthians 5:20)