KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 2:9 “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array”;
The heavenly minded Christian is mindful of his dressing: Somebody once said, ‘you would be addressed according to your dressing.’
I am very much aware that many people see dressing as very controversial issue to talk about, yet I believe the church of God must be very cautious about this aspect of our lives. Your dressing speaks a lot about who you are and what you believe in life.
Our key scripture speaks directly to women, yet I believe men must also take certain clues out of the scripture. The scripture said the women must adorn themselves in MODEST apparel. The word modest means well arranged, orderly or decorous: This implies it should not be the type that exposes certain sensitive parts of the body. Please can you answer this question for me? How do you tell that a girl or woman on the street is a prostitute? The answer is simple, their dressing is not orderly, and better still their dressing shows it.
Things get serious when a lady stands before a group of Christians either to sing, present something or lead in one way or the other, only to be dressed in a way that excites wrong passions in people. Be careful, your dressing does not cause any to fall. Somebody may ask why should somebody’s dressing cause wrong passions in others. Dearly beloved, we are all not the same. In 1st Thessalonians 5:14 we see four categories of people in church.
- Feeble minded
- All men.
There are feeble minded as well as weak ones. We are here to get people to heaven, not to do what pleases us. 1st Corinthians 6:12 says “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient….. “. Expedient means helpful. The scripture means, all things may be lawful, but not all things are helpful.
Be careful your dressing does not cause somebody to fall. Consider what Jesus said in Matthew 18:6.
Heaven is my home. I am mandated to help people come along with me to heaven. I would not in any way prevent somebody from seeking or following Jesus because of my dressing.
1 Peter 3:3-4 ” Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
Matthew 18:6 “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea”.