Beyond Braided Hair and Costly Attire

Woman reading a book on the seashore

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.

About Paula Gooch

I am a daughter of the King, our Most High God. He has given His all for me and so my response is to live my life for His glory and His praise! {Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for Myself; they shall [show] forth My praise."} The Christian life is about a response. We don't "have to do" certain things to receive God's mercies - Christ has already accomplished all that needs to be done! But since God gave His all for us, as we soak in that Truth and as God opens our spiritual eyes, our natural response is to praise and worship Him simply because He is worthy. That is why we serve, why we love the unlovable, why we pour out - not because we are "forced" to do it, but because once we've tasted and we've seen the Living Christ, how could we not praise Him, how could we not pour out our lives for Him, how could we not lay every crown at His feet?! {Psalm 34:8a, "O taste and see that the Lord is good"} It is my hope and prayer that as you read what I write, it would draw you into worshipping, praising, and glorifying our King. Let all that I say point you back to Christ who is the Only One Worthy. My last remark is to say that in Revelation 12:11, it says the people of God overcame the devil by the Blood of the Lamb (what was already done on the Cross which we cannot do in and of our own merit) and by the word of our testimony (which is God's faithfulness in our lives). I invite you to drop on in as I share little bits and pieces of God's faithfulness in my life and I pray you leave encouraged in Christ! All because He is worthy!!! ~Paula

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