I will be revisiting Proverbs 31 as part of a month-long deliberate focus on Biblical Womanhood, but I wanted to touch on the topic of modesty for a moment…which is still in keeping with my focus 😀 It has been particularly heart breaking to me to see the decline of necklines and the elevation of the hemlines women, young and old, who name the name of Christ and affirm that they are filled with the Spirit of God. The heartbreak isn’t due to the length or lack thereof, but the hearts that have been so impacted by the negative trends of the surrounding culture, that are oblivious or uncaring of what they are communicating by their dress, or the impact they are having on those around them. As a mother of four, let me tell you that we have fought and are fighting the cultures pull and impact on our children’s perspectives, as well as our own. We have walked out of plenty of retail stores empty-handed because nothing suitable could be found for our girls. That doesn’t mean that there was nothing they liked, or that they thought was OK, but there was nothing suitable for a young woman ‘professing godliness’ (1Timothy 2:10 kjv). Not only do our daughters have to fight, with our help, the pull of the culture in this particular area, but our sons and husbands must wage war as well. As parents, and ‘older women’ we must be willing to use our God-given influence to influence hearts and minds towards Christ. This means we don’t look away and shake our heads in silence, but we pull aside and patiently, graciously instruct and reprove and correct. We do this, not by sharing our thoughts and opinions, but always by sharing the truths we find in Gods Word. Understand that the enemy is never after our eyes with his temptation, he is always in a life-ending pursuit of our very souls…our hearts… As we consider this subject, and where our hearts are concerning it, let’s ask ourselves what influence are we having in the lives of those around us? Are we aiding and abetting our enemy, by silently refusing to yield complete control of our lives and bodies, and thereby our wardrobes, to the Lord? Or are we a source of encouragement, actively involved in strengthening our brothers in Christ and modeling godliness for our daughters, wherever we go. Are we desiring to honor God with our hearts…hearts that are totally committed to the Him…and displaying that desire through our modest and God honoring attire? This is something I believe wholeheartedly we need to address and be held accountable for throughout the Body of Christ. What are your thoughts? Do you agree or disagree? Is the issue of modesty a big deal or not so much?
AS we think about these questions, allow the video to speak to your heart, as it did to mine, and let’s make the commitment to honor the Lord in EVERYTHING that we do. ~Selena