Babe, do you love the Father but you also like fashion? Do you love Jesus but really like jewelry? Do you have the Holy Spirit but also like trying different hairstyles? Have you ever struggled with the question, “can I be faithful and fashionable?”
As Christian women, we often hear that we should be modest or pure; and I agree. Modesty, or purity, is something we are called to. But it is not only what we wear, it is who we are. It is how we behave and how we present ourselves. Let’s look at what scripture says:
“Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” [1 Peter 3:1-4:]
Modesty, or purity, is a conduct. We can conduct ourselves in a modest manner by the way we speak, serve, and style ourselves. By doing so, we can win people over for the Kingdom. We have an awesome article here on Christian EnVogue, “Tips On Modesty”, that goes more in depth on the concept and conduct of a modest woman.
Now, let’s talk about how to live out our faith in a fashionable way. If we refer back to the above scripture, the word tells us not to let our “adorning be external.”
Is God saying we can’t braid our hair, wear necklaces, or even wear clothes? No. The New King James Version actually reads “do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel.” That word “merely” stood out to me. Merely means “only” or solely. The word adornment also stood out to me because it means beautification. So in other words, do not let your beautification be only outward. I believe God is urging us to assess where our beauty is derived from. Do we spend more time focusing on hair, clothes, and gold or are we focusing on what truly matters which is that gentle and quiet spirit that God finds precious?
I believe God wants us to know that being pretty is not a fashion or hair issue, it is a heart issue. God is trying to tell us that “good looks will fade, but a good heart will keep you beautiful forever.” I believe that is why He describes it as an “imperishable” beauty. Imperishable means indestructible, enduring, or eternal; this should be our goal in regards to our beautification.
So don’t fret, babe. It is okay to like fashion and beauty. Just remember to keep purity and modesty in mind when you speak to others, serve others, and style yourself. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind:
1. God Gives Us Things To Enjoy.
Command those who are rich in this world’s goods not to be haughty or to set their hope on riches, which are uncertain, but on God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment. [1 Timothy 6:17]
This verse taught me that God actually gives us things for our enjoyment. As a fashionista, you may enjoy shopping, trying new trends, or getting a new hairstyle, and that is okay. Just make sure you value serving more than shopping. Make sure you value giving more than getting. Make sure you love the Giver, which is God, more than you love the gifts, which are things such as makeup, gold, and clothes.
2. Use Your Passion for Your Purpose.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” [Matthew 28:19 – 20]
I was once told that we all have one purpose. Our purpose is to be a disciple and to make disciples. Matthew 28:19 -20, which is also referred to as “The Great Commission,” helped me realize that I am called to spread the gospel. However, just because we have the same purpose, does not mean we have the same assignments.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” [Romans 12:6-8]
This verse illustrates that we are all graced to serve God in different ways. You don’t have to be an ordained minister to be effective for the Kingdom. I believe that there is a specific reason why God gave you an interest for fashion and beauty. You can use your passion for fashion to touch hearts and teach others about Jesus. You can get creative with it. Start a blog, small group, or simply use your social media to show your style and serve your Savior. Remember, your conduct can win someone over without you even saying a word. God has graced you to be a fashionista with a heart full of love for Him, so show this to the world! This is how you can be a Faithful Fashionista.
3. God Can Purify Your Heart.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” [Psalm 51:10]
If you feel that you may have too much admiration for adornment and not enough love for the Father, God can change that. Go to Him humbly with a repentant heart and ask Him to create in you a pure heart. Ask Him to show you how to love Him deeper and ask Him for forgiveness. Thank Him for His love, His mercy, and another chance to get it right. Ask Him to remove all unclean motives and thoughts from your mind, heart, and soul. Pour your heart out to the Father so He can began to purify it. 1 John 1:9 is a scripture in the Bible that acknowledges how God can purify us of all unrighteousness. When you confess, He can do the rest.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” [1 John 1:9]
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