Girls…teenagers…ladies…single women… married women…
We can cause men to have lustful thoughts by the things we wear or don’t wear. Some men think that if we are willing to show it then we might be willing to share it. I am not just talking to teenage girls but to all women, younger or older, single or married. We have a responsibility to dress pleasing to our Heavenly Father. This sounds really elementary but I learned years ago to do the “raise and praise test” in the dressing room. If I raise my hands to The Lord and certain things show, I am not buying it. If I bend over and certain things show, I am not buying it. God did not create us to cause others to have lustful thoughts when we walk into a room because of the way we are dressed. I love the ESV version of 1 Corinthians 12:23 “And on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,” Modest really is hottest and is pleasing to God.
As Christians, we are ambassadors of the King. Think about royalty and what that means. I think of honor and respect when I think of royalty. As a Christian woman, I think of my position in Christ and the fact that I am His ambassador. When I get dressed, how am I representing the King of Kings when I leave my house?
Is my outfit appropriate? Is everything covered? How do my clothes conform to my body? Are they too tight? Are they too revealing? Will it be a distraction? Will it cause others to lust? Now I know you can’t control others but ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Think of it this way, when you are talking to others, are they going to have direct eye contact with you or will their eyes automatically go to what you are wearing and will their eyes stay there? Will they struggle to hear what you are saying because they are so distracted by your outfit? If I am speaking to you and your eyes keep going to what I am wearing, then my clothing might be a distraction. Let’s remember when we get dressed that we are ambassadors and represent Jesus wherever we go. I want what I say to be remembered, not what I wore to be remembered.
Come on ladies, let’s make our wardrobe pleasing to God! We can do this!
1 Peter 3:3-4 “It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from within you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that will never be destroyed and is very precious to God.”
1 Corinthians 12:23 “And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen,”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
Matthew 5:28 “But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”