As Christians we have another crucial element to add to this equation – glorifying God in our bodies and clothing. Yeah, now we’re talking hard. But God gives us the knowledge (in the Bible) and the ability (power of the Holy Spirit) to make decisions about our clothing and our bodies that will glorify Him.
So let’s get started:
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
“For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14
“You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?” Isaiah 29:16
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”” Genesis 1:26
“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” Matt. 10:29-31
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
““Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation 19:8
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”” 1 Samuel 16:7
“As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout
So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.” Proverbs 11:22
“And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:25-26
“But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.” 1 Corinthians 8:9
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-3
“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17
“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves…” 1 Peter 3:1-5a
“Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.” 1 Timothy 2:9-10
In conclusion, by earnestly seeking to glorify God with how we choose to dress we will become happier, joyful women clothed with the linen of godliness, the most precious and imperishable garment. We will choose not to believe the lies of the ungodly world around us that say beauty is found in our closets, our figure and other people’s opinions of us, but will hold on to the truth that our true beauty is what God has made us to be and continues to mold in our hearts to conform to His will.
Our shopping and clothing choices will undoubtedly change to reflect this growing beauty of our hearts becoming more like Christ, and it will definitely take some extra work at the department store and in the mornings, but the price tag of choosing what to wear to glorifying God is priceless.
Questions to ask yourself now:
Does my wardrobe and how I wear it glorify God?
If you answer no, then take some time to repent (Jesus is always right-willing to forgive you!) and ask God to help you glorify Him with how you dress. You might also need to throw away some items so they will no longer be a temptation.
How can I encourage and mutually strengthen my Christian girlfriends to glorify God in what we wear?
Share a few in the comments below and try to enact them this week. One of them might be to share this article.
Questions to ask yourself and your girlfriends at the checkout counter:
What is my motive for purchasing this clothing item?
This might take some serious thought, but don't purchase it without coming to a satisfactory answer.
Will these clothes make me a happier person?
If your answer is yes then pause and ask yourself why? Your happiness should only be found in Christ and glorifying Him - He is the source of all true happiness, all others are only counterfeit gods (idols).
Are these clothes glorifying to God and loving toward others?