Spring is here, and warmer weather is starting to come. Depending on where you are, the snow is hopefully beginning to melt away, and newness of life is blooming all around you. Trees are gaining back their leaves, flowers are blooming and bees and birds are buzzing and flying. The world is beautiful. One things I have looked forward to as the weather has been warming is trading my closed-toed shoes in for flip flops. This Florida girl misses sand between her toes and the bare feet.
Spring cleaning has begun, and one thing I always do is rotate our closets. I find that Spring is a great time to trade our winter coats and sweaters for a cooler attire. However, it is also the time of year I feel like I need to pray a guard of protection over my families hearts and eyes. Why? Because inmodesty has become the fashion of today.
I want to start with what you won’t find here. What you are not going to find is a list of do’s and don’ts telling you how long, how high or what type of clothes to wear. There are lot of articles on that- and I believe that is personal conviction. However, we are going to talk about the heart of modesty, why we should be modest, how it goes beyond our clothes, and hear some great real life testimonies about modesty.
Why are we talking about this? Because it is a heart issue. At the very heart of the topic of modesty is pride. Pride says “I want to wear that – I don’t care who stumbles, I don’t care what others thinks of me.” It can come on the other side of the issue as well, “I would never wear those pants. I would never let my teenager wear that. How dare she wear THAT.” The second statements are filled with the same amount of pride as the first.
Modesty starts in the heart. It is an attitude. It starts with a heart that wants to please God, to bring Him glory, with every aspect of our lives- including the way that we carry ourselves and dress ourselves. It is desiring for people to see Christ in us, in every aspect of our life. It is about living a life as a sacrifice of praise- a life of worship – to the one who gave His life for us.
Christ stripped Himself of His Glory – He took off His robe. The clothes and attitude – His whole being- that He deserves to wear. Our lives are to be lived as living sacrifices to Him – it is our reasonable service (Romans 12:1).
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
This topic is a tricky one. Legalism can crawl through it and rear it’s head, or we can water down truth and let everything be okay – even when it isn’t. I hope that as we journey together, we will find a balance.
I will be writing each Monday on the topic of Modesty- and than we will also be hearing from the contributors on the topic as well. The prayer of my heart is that we would seek God’s face, and His heart, over what the call of our lives- for our family – will be in regards to this topic. I pray that we will speak words of truth seasoned with grace as we discuss in the comments and on Facebook.
Join me, as we walk into the Father’s Heart, and seek the One who has His best in store for each of us.
Worshiping With My Life,
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