Now that I’ve listed four things to consider about modesty, let’s take a look at some important questions we should ask ourselves when it comes to dressing well.
1) “Is my goal to draw attention to myself by wearing as little as possible, or seeking to honor God with my body?”
2) “Am I trying to blend in with the secular world around me or trying to please God?”
3) “Am I reflecting inward beauty and patience or desperation by flaunting my body?”
4) “Am I safe to look at, or will a guy have trouble keeping his eyes off my body?”
These questions can be tough to answer honestly, and I’m not by any means saying we should go around wearing body suits or flour sacks. 😉 Modesty doesn’t imply “extreme” or “unstylish.” It simply makes an honorable statement.
We all know the verses “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (2 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV).
…But, do we really stop to ponder their meaning?
Let’s dissect it a little bit:
The first part says “your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.”
Alright, so what are some characteristics of temples?
We know they are clean and well cared-for. They’re a place of worship and beauty. (Certainly no piece of junk! 😉
God wants us to act as the temple that we are. We could even go so far as to ask ourselves if our bodies are worthy of being “worshiped in” so-to-speak. In other words, are they pure and righteous?
The next part says “You are not your own; you were bought with a price.”
Christ bought us with His blood. It’s only right that we treat our bodies as we would treat Jesus Himself. We are His and His representatives.
And, the last part: “therefore honor God with your bodies.”
The New World Dictionary puts honor this way: “high regard or great respect given, received or enjoyed; glory; fame; a keen sense of right and integrity; chastity or purity.”
When God says “honor me with your body” He’s stating His desire for us to show high regard for the bodies He’s given us. To show integrity and purity in the way we care for ourselves–what we put on.
Clothing really does play a role in how people view us as Christians, and God as Creator.
That about sums it up! I hope my recent findings and applications from the Bible have helped you as much as they’ve helped me 🙂
I’ll end this “Fruitloop” series with one last article before moving on to different things—a new season. (Hint hint 😉
Also, If there’s anything you’d like to see in the future, feel free to comment and give me ideas! I’d love to hear your input!