Do not let your adorning be external – the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear – but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 1 Peter 3:3-4 ESV
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness – with good works. 1 Timothy 2:8-10 ESV
As I read these Scripture verses, I am reminded that our life is not to be consumed with our clothing choices and what we choose to wear. We should not use our attire to draw attention to ourselves. I used to be so focused on how I looked and what I was going to put on each day. I was consuming myself with thoughts such as: “Is this outfit cute? What if I wore this certain skirt with this blouse and these shoes and that necklace?” Many times I was less concerned about the particular event I was attending and was more consumed with how I was going to look when I got there.
But – to God’s glory – He allowed something to shift in my life. He caused me to realize that how I look is really not as important as I was making it to be. And I cannot say that I do not care at all about what I wear, but I do not focus on that so much anymore. Now, God has given me the desire to dress in a way that honors and reflects Christ to those around me. When others come in contact with me, the one thing they should walk away thinking about is Jesus – not me. I can communicate this in a number of ways, one of which is how I present myself in what I wear.
Romans 12:1-2 NASB says, “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Here we are cautioned to not conform to the ways of the world and exhorted to offer our bodies a living and holy sacrifice to the Lord. Also, the verses above from 1 Timothy 2 and 1 Peter 3 warns us to not let our adorning be the external – gold jewelry, braided hair, fine pearls, and costly attire. This is not to say that we should just throw on sweats and a t-shirt every day of the week or go to the store in our pajamas. We should take careful thought for what we wear. After all, we are temples of the Holy Spirit and we have been bought with a price, “so glorify God in your body.” As 1 Timothy 2 also states, we are to dress in modesty, honoring God with what we put on. Instead of building our lives around what we should (or even what we should not) wear, let us build our lives around who we are clothed in – Jesus Christ.
As Christian women, we should not be concerned so much with how we look, but rather, we should be consumed with the beauty of Christ and let His beauty flow through us, triumphing over any piece of jewelry or dress we can purchase at the mall.