1 Corinthians 6: 20
For I am bought with a price: therefore glorify God in my body, and in my spirit, which are God’s…
When it comes to dressing, most of us Christian ladies have the most amazing excuses ever. Well I know I have. “ It’s an evening event, no one would see my skin anyway” “ God looks at the heart and not the way you dress” and to my favourite excuse “it’s too hot to wear anything that goes beyond the knee”.
That scripture above hit me hard today. I am bought with a price therefore I must glorify God in my body… IN MY BODY! We represent a different kingdom from the world and our entire being must reflect that. God has called us to show forth His glory in everything we do so why should the clothes we wear and the manner in which we wear them be an exception. Once you accept Christ and want to live a life solely devoted to Him, we need to know that our lives are no more our own to do as we please but the Lord’s, so everything we do with and to our bodies and every clothing we put on our bodies should be to His glorification. This is the hard truth-pill we all need to swallow. People would definitely call me old-fashioned or too strict a Christian for saying this. We compromise so much to fit into society; this same society God saved us from, the same societal life we were tired of and run from to Jesus.
I know a lot of us Christians don’t think our sense of fashion is a big deal. I know this because I used to be one of those Christians who thought that dressing should be the one thing that we can have for ourselves. For me it was a big struggle, my dressing ‘showed my personality’. I wanted to belong so badly but with a sprinkle of Christianity. Call it lukewarm Christianity but hey who doesn’t want to look cool. I was overweight during my pre-teen years till I was about 15. At 15, while in boarding school, I lost over 30kg/66lbs. I was finally ‘comfortable’ in my skin, and eligible to wear certain outfits. God needed to understand that? NO!! ‘I finally love the body He put me in so He should allow me to do to it as I please’. That wasn’t too much to ask,right? I would shut off any conviction the Holy Spirit brought my way because I had been insecure for years. I had waited for this body size for years, I can finally be noticed, have boys drool over me and you tell me I should be mindful not to flaunt it because I was christian? Really? In my little mind that made no sense or well I refused for it to make sense plus the Bible didn’t plainly say do not show your thighs, lower back, legs and a little cleavage so technically I wasn’t sinning. That, sweethearts were some of the biggest misconceptions the devil made me believe. I was showing skin because I was insecure, at that point I didn’t think I had anything more to offer than that. I was showing skin because I had to fit in. I was in a battle of an identity crisis.
“I was showing all that skin because I was insecure, at that point I really didn’t think I had anything more to offer than that.”
So when I see other girls showing a lot of skin and dressing in an unacceptable manner,my first thought is what is she battling with? It’s two things for me, she is either insecure or looking for her identity in the validation of others like I was or she has bought into the devil’s lie so bad that her indecency has no effect on her , her walk or anyone.
Have you ever seen a Princess leave her residence dressed in any manner? N0! She makes sure she’s dressed appropriately because when she leaves her house she’s not just her own person, she represents her royal family, she represents her kingdom. We dare to call ourselves daughters of the King yet our outfits don’t reflect whom we represent or whom we stand for. As Christian ladies, we should never leave people questioning our salvation. Questioning if Christ has bought us. We should realize and be mindful that anytime we walk out of our homes, our every move must represent Christ.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – ROMANS 12: 1-2
We were not translated into the Kingdom of God to remain conformed to the world’s standards and its patterns. It’s not an easy thing to rise above the demands and pressures of this world but God does not leave us to deal with it alone. This post is in no way saying the acceptable dress code of the kingdom is boring or ugly. Dressing modestly isn’t just about how tight your dress or pants are or how long or short it is. It reveals who reigns in your heart. It’s about being purged by the Blood and rising above the standards of this world. Before you step out, ask yourself:
- Does this outfit reflect the christian that I am or the calling that I have?
- Did I have to tune down or tune off the Holy Spirit’s conviction to wear this?
- Is this an example I want to set for the younger generation or anyone looking up to me?
Closet buzz is a series that would discuss the different areas our clothes speak on our behalf and also the different ways our clothes create a gateway to other impure desires.
Stay tuned and stay blessed