Can’t help acting as paparazzi one busy night, taking a picture of a good friend of mine while waiting for my bus. Nowadays, it’s just rare to see women wearing long comfortable dresses in public in this humid weather. So let me spend this moment to talk about it. Here is a list of 4 aspects of modest dressing that reflect a true Christian.
What does the way we dress and choose our clothes say about us?
A life of modesty.
JESUS said, “…ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess”.
“In modest apparel, the King’s daughter is all glorious within.” (Education, 246)
People weigh others by their looks, their smell. We judge too quickly and more often we are wrong.
The people who dress in modesty are real, genuine people.
Modesty is synonymous to humility and unpretentious. (Google Dictionary)
They who have unselfish hearts, clean intentions and humble purposes.
They are a great choice of friends and precious personalities to keep.
Then JESUS continued “indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness”.
People dress up to impress. First impression lasts they say but in reality inspiration works best than impression.
Being in modesty is an inspiration. Inspiration even goes beyond impression for it influences people and transforms lives.
Humility and unpretentious affects more people than does impression.
Finally CHRIST concluded that “ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.” Matthew 23:26-29.
When JESUS choose HIS disciples it was with the same qualities of modesty.
And with this virtue they were destined for greatness in the kingdom of GOD.
Live modestly inside and out.
Live in simplicity.
Simplicity is nature’s beauty.
The majestic sunrise, the greenest landscape and hymn of the waves are just perfect for one weary soul.
“And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these,” as JESUS taught us. Matthew 6:28, 29
Besides saving money and time it also promotes mental and physical health.
See, if nature radiates in its naturalness. Why do we need to complicate things?
Comparing the before with after of people who had undergone some unnecessary physical changes. It just ruined them instead of being enhanced. We don’t need patch ups or make ups or any changes for King David said, “I will praise THEE; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are THY works; and that my soul knoweth right well. ” (Psalm 139:14)
Plastic surgeries, operations for a nose lift, whitening of skin were ways of interfering with GOD’s design and plan.
The change GOD wants in us is the change of heart. Change of our thinking and the upbringing this world has taught us to.
This is why Paul reminded us of “…not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of GOD.”
GOD is simple.
Be naturally beautiful.
And the LORD said unto Moses, “Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes.” (Exodus 19:10)
This Scripture text is where we probably derived the principle, ‘cleanliness is next to GOD-liness’.
Traveling by foot in haste, in a dusty dessert, having just enough water, with kids and animals being cared for as well may surely result in a smelly and filthy odour.
Clothes simply answers a necessity of covering than a status symbol or economic stature.
GOD looks at our heart, our motives, our purpose. “… for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
If the LORD values what is in our thoughts, our plans, should we not spend and value what is in our heart than on our face?
People have invested thousands or even millions of money for things that could rot, could be stolen yet the Scripture tells us to invest towards heaven.
Reading on the Holy Scripture and listening to inspiring testimonies is one. Helping out those who are in need, the orphans, widows and the poor in spirit and in truth is another.
Invest on eternal.
It is right to love beauty and to desire it; but GOD desires us to love and to seek first the highest beauty—that which is imperishable. The choicest productions of human skill possess no beauty that can bear comparison with that beauty of character which in HIS sight is of “great price.” (Education, 249)
Let’s invest in our character.
Living by principles.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Fashion is a multi million dollar industry nowadays. It has greatly influenced people. Dressing becomes a trend that dictates people. In reality it has enslaved us. Self-centeredness and attraction is most likely considered in buying.
Ellen G. White writes, “fashion is a mistress that rules with an iron hand.”
We often look to mirror in buying one with the thought that ‘do I look good on this?’
Or when we go shopping we often choose what is pleasing to our eyes and not of necessity.
A principled persons know their priority. Contentment dwells in their home.
Many think it’s a difficult principle to live by. That even Christians tend to fall into the trap of covetousness.
Look, when someone has new stuff, we work hard to have one too. If one of our friends went to some place nice and posted it in Facebook. We’ll find a way to have a counter by posting one too. It’s a never ending circle of envy and jealousy.
The tenth commandment is placed by GOD as shield and instills in us how to live on Biblical principles of being contented with life.
What GOD has allowed and given to each of our lives is always the best. Contentment is the door that seals away covetousness.
It sets us free from worldly wind of envy and jealousy.
It stops fashion and trend from controlling us. We are firm. We aren’t easily swayed.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. (1 Timothy 2:9)
A life of modesty.
Live in simplicity.
Living by principle.
What we know is who we become.
JESUS as our perfect standard could have worn expensive, kingly apparel when HE dwelled among us. HE could have tried to be fashionable to appease people. But JESUS had the life of clear modesty. HIS lifestyle was proof of what is in HIS heart, HIS mission of saving dying souls.
We could try to hide what’s in our hearts by dressing up but when we speak, how we treat people will tell the difference.
So the next time we need to replace our worn out clothes let’s ask this, is this simply modest like that of my JESUS?
Remember, character is defined by who we go with.
The things we spend on.
The books we read.
The videos we watch.
The food we eat.
The places we go, our hobbies, our priorities and yes, even in the selection of our dress and clothings.