The word “modesty” has a different definition with each person you ask. For some it means that you cover your entire body. For others it means not wearing clothes shorter than your knee or fingertips, and wearing tops that do not cut low. There is nothing inherently wrong with either standard of dressing. The definition of “modesty”, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “propriety in dress, speech or conduct”. (Propriety means the quality or state of being proper or suitable.) However, modesty’s true definition is found in and defined by Christ.
Our goal as Christ-followers and girls should be to have purity in body, mind and soul. Modesty is not even the beginning! Modesty is found in a desire for purity.
You, as a Christian, are a temple of the Lord. He calls us to respect our bodies in how we use, care for and present them. When we realize that calling and we desire to follow His command, we are striving for purity. This is how we respect what God gave us! Being our Creator and Savior, He has the ultimate say in what happens with His own creations.
Purity is guarding our hearts, minds and bodies to keep them clean of sin. Modesty is being proper in how we present those three parts. In order to be pure, we must be modest.
Now I want to say that it is simple, but that is not the truth. I have some days that I would much rather wear what gets attention or is most comfortable. I experience moments that tempt me into thinking things that are not good for me. Being pure even means guarding what we look at on the internet, or what song lyrics we listen to on the radio. There may not be any profanity (or other things), but is what you see or hear going to help you in the protection of your mind and heart, which are just as important as protecting your body?
If your eyes are focused on Christ, if your desire is to be in line with His heart, if you are spending time learning His words and knowing His voice, modesty and purity will become part of the overflow of your obedience to Him. Thus, if the above-said is true of you, and you know that Jesus commands us not to lie, then you will strive to be truthful because desire to obey Christ and show your love of Him to Him by choosing obedience. The same is with choosing modesty. In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 it says,
“Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.”
There is no going around that command! Clear and concise. We are called to keep the temple of God (ourselves) clean and safe from mental, physical or spiritual destruction. The protection required of us is there to retain purity. An effort to remain unblemished for the glory of God. (Like the Old Testament temples!)
Choosing modesty is more than simply being cautious about what you wear. It is just as much about how you present yourself in your speech and conduct. It includes equally how you think and what you say or do. Purity is the goal as Christians, and modesty is a step you must choose to get there.
If you have fought through my little sermon here, thank you for your patience. I know the internet does not need one more person invading and forcing their beliefs on other people. But Christian men and women, young and old, need to know this important command that is often overlooked in today’s society. It is vital that we understand how God calls us to protect our mind, soul, body and heart. So if you have gotten this far in my post, thank you for your time. I hope that you are blessed for your patience and endurance, and that you learned something. Even a little something! 😉 You are loved!