Over the weekend, my husband and I took our two oldest sons out to eat in honor of our eleven-year-old’s birthday. I am an early bird girl all the way. But we were running later than usual, and were seated inside of the restaurant around 6:20.
The restaurant was packed, and while I don’t normally “people watch,” I couldn’t help notice folks as they were shuffled past our table by the wait staff.
Almost everyone was dressed alike. Leggings as “pants,” some low-cut shirts, and similar hair styles. I couldn’t help but wonder why women accept this type of dress…why do we want to look like everyone else, even if they are dressing immodestly?
It only took me a moment to remember that I once dressed the same way. I used to dress like the crowd until about ten years ago, when the Lord convicted me of my immodesty. I had been totally blind to the fact that the Lord wanted His daughter (me) to cover myself appropriately, in both feminine and modest apparel. He loved me, and wanted to protect me from the world’s evil.
When I dressed immodestly, I just bought what was available in the stores, not realizing that the Lord had a higher standard in mind for His children.
In the short booklet “Adorning the Temple” by Duane Eby, it is written:
“God did not want His people to follow the ungodly, idolatrous dress patterns of the gentile nations around them, although many disobedient Israelites did so in the time of King Ahab. ‘ And he [Jehu] said into him who was over the vestry, Bring forth vestments for all the worshippers of Baal. And he brought them forth vestments’ (2 Kings 10:22). God also condemned the Israelites who followed foreign fashions. In Zephaniah 1:8 He says, ‘It shall come to pass in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.’
In the New Testament, the standard is higher, and includes our whole life and our whole body. Our very bodies are the dwelling places of God: ‘What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which our God’s’ (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20). A Christian’s entire lifestyle is to testify of the life of Jesus within.”
Yes, and amen. Our bodies do not belong to us. They belong to the Lord. This is a wonderful thing! We should aim to please Him, instead of following worldly fashions.
1 Peter 1:13-17 says:
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.
1 Peter 1:13-17
I love how the King James version uses the word “fashion” in this passage. We shouldn’t fashion ourselves how we did in our former ignorance, both inside and out.
We are to be set apart…holy.
How wonderful it is when we set aside worldly standards, and instead cling to godly standards. His way is always best.
While we might not be able to find suitable clothing at the store down the street, there are many good online options if we just look. I’ve also found that thrift stores are a good place to look for modest clothing.
Be encouraged! We can cast aside fashion fads, and instead, dress in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.
Please take a look at the resources below for inspiration!
Modest Fashion Resources: