What should a godly lady wear and not wear? As christians, we are called to be set apart. Distinct. Beautiful lights that can be easily identified in the darkness.
How do we do this?
What should we wear that will point others to our Savior and away from ourselves?
With so many differing opinions and preferences out there, how is a Christian supposed to really know what to wear that will easily identify them as a child of God?
If we limit it to mere physical preferences, it can easily become a confusing, discouraging, and pride-inducing mess of rules and lists. These lists may glorify ourselves but they rarely glorify God himself. We humans have an amazing gift for complicating things.
Thankfully, we have God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to keep things simple for us.
In Colossians chapter 3, we are given some simple and clear guidelines on what each of us as christian ladies (or gentlemen) should be purging and splurging on to keep our appearance pleasing to the Lord and draw all eyes to him.
I won’t add the whole chapter itself here, but feel free to read through that on your own and then come back.
So, what do we need to do first?
First, the passage instructs us to clean out our closets. In verses 8 and 9, we are told what to put off, or get rid of.
Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, lying, dirty talk, gossip, pride…it all needs to go. Get rid of all that clutter and ugliness. I am often surprised at how much real estate these hideous items are taking up in my closet.
These items aren’t just harmlessly annoying clutter. They are filthy and moldy and loaded with disease. The longer they sit in my heart, the more they will spread their germs throughout every corner and crevice of my thoughts and actions. The only way to get rid of the nastiness is to get down on my knees and scrub my heart clean with God’s strength, forgiveness, love, grace, and mercy.
Now that my closet is clean and decluttered, it’s time to go on a shopping spree in God’s Word and fill it back up with beautiful clothing that will never go out of style.
The Bible is amazing. It’s like having an unlimited gift card to every “style” and “outfit” I could ever need or want. I get to go shopping every day! The amazing thing about this gift card is it never expires and it is never depleted. The more I spend, the more I have.
In verses 12 through 15, we are told exactly what we need to fill up our closets with.
Mercy, humility, kindness, truth, patience, peace, thankfulness, and love are the beautiful investment pieces that will always be in style, will be practical for every situation, and will point all eyes to Jesus.
We can only get these timeless, shining garments from the Holy Spirit, so we need to spend ample time with him every day!
Don’t forget about the jewelry. Accessories have the power to make or break any outfit. Proverbs 4:9 tells us that wisdom creates an ornament of grace on our necks and a crown of glory on our heads.
In 1 Peter 3, we see that a meek and quiet spirit is one of the most valuable accessories we can wear.
Lastly, we get to utilize our personal stylist. Frankly, if left to figure out what wear on my own, or how to wear it, my style can be woefully lacking. I appear sloppy, mismatched, dated, overdressed, or underdressed. I need help!
But when I ask the Holy Spirit to guide my choices for each day and situation, he clothes me in a manner that is perfectly suited for every occasion. Not only that, every outfit is tailor-made to uniquely fit my unique personality, lifestyle, and abilities.
When we focus on the spiritual clothing described here in God’s Word, we will spend less time focused on ourselves, less time focused on our physical appearance, less time worried about the choices others may be making, and more time simply reflecting the beauty and image of Christ.
Going back to I Peter 3, we are reminded that our physical apparel really says very little about us in comparison to our spiritual clothing (or lack thereof—how embarrassing!)
If we concern ourselves with the appearance of our hearts to God, and ask the Holy Spirit to clothe us each day—it will be obvious who we belong to because we will look just like Him.