Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
The past year the LORD has surprised me by some of the things He has put on my heart. In regards to my modesty journey, I thought I had already walked that road. The ship had sailed. I truly thought that I was walking in complete obedience.
But the Christian walk doesn’t quite work that way. It is a continuous journey. The Father is always gently refining me. I must remember that my life no longer belongs to myself, and that this is a good thing.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Several years ago (before this blog even started), I wrote about my testimony in regards to modesty. I had turned from my immodest ways and into a woman who wanted to be pleasing in His sight. I definitely made some changes and was headed in the right direction.
But sometimes, looking different from the culture is downright hard. In my flesh, I don’t want to stick out. And so I made some basic changes like wearing loose skirts and dresses to keep my shape hidden. Ladies, we are daughters of the Most High, and He desires to protect us from the world! It has been such a blessing to dress this way.
But I still cared very much about my make up, hair, jewelry, fashion…you name it. Fear of man ran deep inside of me.
When My Sin Began to Stick Out Like a Sore Thumb
Last year I became involved with an MLM. Oh my goodness ladies, I tried so hard to make this work. I thought if I looked “just so” then I might be successful. I thought my quest was for a good cause since we were working hard to get out of debt. But no matter what I did, nothing worked. The LORD was so good to show me that it really was all vanity. So much vanity. Overwhelming vanity. I took a step back, and He led us out of consumer debt on His terms.
Part of our debt free journey involved us moving out of state. Talk about being uncomfortable! During this time, I came to the end of myself. The LORD asked me to put my vanity aside and follow Him into a deeper walk. I was to put the fear of man aside. I stopped coloring my hair. For a time, I completely stopped wearing make up. Ladies, my sin was magnified! Anytime I walked into a store I pretty much felt ashamed. How crazy that we have been programmed to think this way by this world!
Combatting the Culture
The LORD continued to speak His truth into my heart. Why had I given this culture and its expectations so much power over me? After all, I was supposed to be a pilgrim, right? This world is not my home.
For several months I dressed pretty basically. I needed to detox. His ways are perfect, and our culture is not. He continued to gently guide me to a more natural look than I had ever embraced before. My heart has slowly softened and I am grateful that I no longer need to look “just so” for the culture.
Our Clothing Choices Represent The Covering Of Our Sin
The LORD is so gracious to show me something new almost every day. He spoke to my heart about how the shedding of blood in Genesis to cover Adam and Eve’s transgression directly relates to our clothing choices today. As a representative of Jesus, this discovery really propelled me to think my clothing choices through with even more diligence.
An Everlasting Walk Of Obedience
Dressing modestly is dressing for the Father. I’ve matured enough to realize that this likely isn’t the end of my walk. As Christ followers, we are always stretching, always growing. Dressing this way is a blessing. It is a way to love both God and others. Taking up my cross and stepping outside of myself is part of my walk of obedience. The LORD has done so much for me and He is my only hope. It’s the least that I can do.
Is the LORD speaking to your heart about a certain topic? I would love to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and begin your own walk of obedience. He cares so much for you, dear sisters!
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