A little over a year ago I shared that I no longer felt like women should be Biblical teachers outside of the Titus 2 mandate since Scripture tells us that women are the weaker vessel (1 Peter 3:7) and are more easily deceived (1 Timothy 2:13-14) than our male counterparts. This is a good thing which protects us from the harm that often follows ladies who step outside of their God ordained role.
However, I am now somewhat confused as to what my role now is. Do I fall into the older woman category that Titus 2 speaks of? Have I payed my dues and have the wisdom needed to instruct others? I really don’t know. What I do know is that beyond a shadow of a doubt the Lord would like for me to share my testimony concerning make up. I will be sharing Scriptures below, but please don’t view this as a teaching, but rather as a testimony.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2 Timothy 3:16
When I was a little girl, I thought that make up was pretty awesome and I couldn’t wait to wear it. I remember sneaking on some purple eyeshadow when my dad took me to Arby’s when I was about in the third grade. I thought I was so cool and had gotten away with it until my dad mentioned my shimmering eyelids while I was looking down at my book. Busted. I ran to the bathroom and washed it off before he had the chance to say anything else about it.
I continued to think that make up was pretty great and wore an average amount of it in my teenage and most of my adult years. I thought it was normal and needful to cover “imperfections.” My eyelashes are pretty much non-existent and mascara gave me the little bit of extra confidence I thought I needed. I even encouraged my teenage daughters to wear a light amount of it. I thought make up was a way for ladies to look more polished and put together.
However, my husband never liked it so much. He teased me about “painting my face” and told me over and over again that I was beautiful without it. I didn’t believe him. I kept chugging along until almost a year ago when I felt the Lord asking me to lay it down.
We are Daughters of the Most High
We are daughters of the Most High, and just like I ran to scrub my purple eye shadow off to please my dad so long ago, we should do all that we can to scrub the ways of the world off of us to please our Heavenly Father.
I knew this. And yet I still thought make up was”normal.” But deep down, by wearing make up I was saying that I didn’t believe God quite knew what He was doing when He made me. I liked to blame the effects of the fall for why I painted my face and nails, but really, it was my own vanity that fueled my desire to wear a light, “normal” amount of make up.
Vanity of Vanities
In Ecclesiastes, King Solomon talks about the vanity of life. This is very true. So much of life is pretty vain, and I believe the Lord has shown me that make up is no different.
Last year I realized that I depended on make up to feel pretty. This is wrong on several different levels. First of all, “feeling pretty” is a ridiculous thing to chase. I would have done much better to spend the ten minutes it took to paint my face reading my Bible or in prayer. My desire to feel pretty superseded my desire to be godly if I chose to spend my time this way.
Secondly, I realized that while I liked to tell my daughters that they were wonderfully and fearfully made, my own actions negated that fact. I was not being a good example, and was behaving in a double minded way. Girls, you are beautiful just the way you are, but this truth doesn’t apply to mommy who needs her make up. Oh, how silly I was!
The more I tried to reason that there was nothing wrong with make up, the more I realized that I was being foolish. Why was I clinging onto something that clearly wasn’t from God so tightly?
Tied to Harlotry
Since all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16), I turned to my Bible. No, their isn’t a law that says, “Thou shalt not wear make up.” But their are plenty of teachings regarding vanity. And through studying Scripture, I realized that when make up is mentioned it is in regards to harlotry.
“Think carefully. Consider those who wore makeup: the false prophetess Jezebel, two whoring sisters, Aholah and Aholibah, and the adulteress Judah are the only Bible examples of women (real or by analogy) who wore makeup!
Now think of the most well-known, righteous women of the Bible. Name a single one (Old or New Testament) who wore makeup. There is no mention of Sarah, Rebecca, Ruth, Naomi, Mary (Christ’s mother), Deborah, Abigail, Esther or any other virtuous woman ever applying or wearing makeup. The fact that the only examples of those who wore makeup are adulteresses, harlots and false prophetesses serves as a great warning to anyone who cares about the Word of God and wishes to follow the Bible’s righteous examples instead of the wicked.”
All of the examples of women in the Bible who “painted their eyes or faces” are not good ones. I believe the Lord has used this to show me the futility of my ways. While make up is extremely common in our culture today, it did not come from Him.
A New Normal
Ladies, I would be lying if I said walking with the Father in this was easy. Alas, my flesh is weak. It literally has taken me months to get used to what my face looks like without make up in the mirror. How ridiculous. While sad, this has been the confirmation I needed to realize I’m doing the right thing. I no longer have to worry if black smudges are on my face or if I need to “touch up” myself. This, in fact, is freeing.
I hope my testimony has been a blessing to you. May your weekend is full of God’s graces!
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