How many times do we go shopping and we see an outfit that we really like? I mean, it’s cute, it’s feminine and you can just imagine how stunning it will look with that skirt or with this sweater.
You can’t wait to get home and try it on, investigate every inch of the material in front of the mirror with your favourite hat.
But when you do, you notice it’s a little tight, or perhaps a little too low on the neckline. Or perhaps the sleeves yawn open when you lift up your arm. **gasp** What now? I can’t exchange it, there is no bigger size, and was kinda costly.
Suddenly, you go through all the mirror twirls and turns again, finally coming to the conclusion, ‘It’s not that bad. All the other girls in church wear things like this, and some even have exactly the same top. It’s fine, let’s just hope that no one will be offended. Besides, it’s so modest, compared to all the other outfits that some young people wear.”
Have you ever experienced that? I have. There were times when I purchased pieces of clothing that were really modest, in the genuine sense of the word, but when I would wear them, I’d feel like I’m cutting it on the borderline. I would feel uncomfortable when I would walk past a guy and just hope and pray that he doesn’t notice it.
A couple of days ago, I went to my closet and inspected my clothes. I threw out everything that was not pleasing to God. Every outfit that was a borderline case, or something that I would feel uncomfortable to wear in front of certain people. It was easy to look at some and think, “but maybe I can keep this one, I love it so much”. But I didn’t. I obeyed the Spirit’s wooing. I chucked it all out.
The peace that flooded me, was overwhelming. Just knowing that I was obedient to God’s prompting, I could now look at my closet and feel content. I’m not ashamed of one piece of outfit in there. Anyone can come and look and I will not need to hide my face.
Are there pieces of clothing in your closet that are borderline cases? Can you hear the Spirit’s soft whisper? Then answer His call today.
Yes, we are modest. We dress in a way not to let our brothers stumble. But even God’s children need to be continually sanctified.
Girls, don’t frame an idea of modesty for yourself. Rather, go to God and let Him do that for you. Ask Him to show what form of clothing is pleasing to Him.
Last night at our church’s youth meeting, the pastor who led the devotion said, “that which the church has given to the world, it’ll never get back”.
The same applies to our modesty. Once the world steals it from you, you won’t get it back. So ask God to come and do that miraculous work in your life.