Why do people want to look, talk, and act like something they’re not? I am very concerned about the immodesty of both men and women in our culture. It concerns me that many find it necessary to look, say, and act in ways that conform to a societal bent toward lewdness. 1 Timothy 2:9-10 addresses appropriate appearance. He is in no way saying don’t look your best. He is saying look your best but put it to the test! Hair style, jewelry, expensive clothes, and lack of modesty do not show ones devotion to God. It definitely shows ones attachment to the world’s culture and disrespect for our Lord. I have a dear friend, who even when she’s wearing jeans and a sweatshirt is just beautiful. She is healthy, happy and reflects the absolute joy of being a believer. My husband is a conservative dresser. He often wears jeans and plaid shirts. His confidence, assurance and acceptance of his place in God’s Kingdom are marks of his walk with our Lord.
I came across this delightful quote on Facebook and wanted to share it with you.
An incident transpired when Muhammad Ali’s daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were quite revealing. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters: “When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father’s suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day. My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, “Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You’ve got to work hard to get to them.” He looked at me with serious eyes. “Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.” From the book: More Than A Hero: Muhammad Ali’s Life Lessons Through His Daughter’s Eyes.