Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how this culture tells us girls that we’re only worth as much as our physical appearance.
As daughters of the Most High God, we know that our value is innate. It was built in us at the beginning when God said “let us make mankind in our image”.
There’s no question about it. Whether you’re thin or stocky, stylish or plain, God puts a price on you that is above rubies.
1st Peter 3:3-4 says this, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
Wow! Every time I read this verse, what amazes me is the love God has for us and His gentle edification as He tells us what He truly values; a gentle and quiet spirit.
I want to share a great quote from Leslie Ludy. She says ” He does not want a girl who is self-adorning with the latest fashions and trends. He wants a woman who is adorned with the inner jewelry of Christ-given holiness.”
As we get into the practical aspect of this, let’s talk about how our understanding of our Christ-given value is reflected by how we dress.
I like to dress nicely. It feels great to find a matching shirt and skirt at the thrift store that doesn’t look like it’s from the 1980’s (nothing against era clothing).
I try to dress modestly and femininely despite the fact that there is so little decent clothing out there.
Sometimes, however, I’m tempted to lower my standards just a little because “that blouse is so cute”.
We have to continually remind ourselves that God’s ways are higher than our ways. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.
And you know what? He provides. I have to pray every time I walk into the clothing store that God will give me wisdom and lead me to an outfit that brings Him glory.
My intent is not to give you a checklist or tell you what is appropriate and what isn’t. I just want to encourage you to think about your clothing and what it says about you.
Does that pair of jeans say that you wish you were thinner?
Does that blouse say that you’re begging for the wrong kind of attention?
Does your makeup say that you’re insecure?
The physical isn’t the most important thing but it sure says something about the inside. Let’s be a light in the world today and dress in a way that honors our Creator and Savior.
Do you think it’s possible for us to help change this culture by dressing differently? What are some ways you’ve found to honor God in the way you dress?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!