Modestly Bold

Spring is officially here!! It’s been a long time coming, but it’s safe to say that

the warm weather is here to stay! Despite the sporadic rainy days, to welcome

spring is to welcome a fresh start – a rejuvenated attitude. It is evident that with

higher temperatures comes dramatic wardrobe shifts, especially among our

generation. Days are hotter, shorts are shorter; temperatures increase, clothing

decreases. However, when it comes to us in the body of Christ, we are to be

reminded of the standard that we hold as children of God.

Modesty has become such a controversial topic in our society, and is basically

seen as taboo amongst the younger generation. Most people believe that modesty

only means covering yourself up from head to toe, even when it’s 100 degrees

outside! Although there is no problem with covering up, there is more to the concept

of modesty than that. It has to do with not only what you wear, but also why you

wear it; “why” in terms of the meaning behind it. 1 Timothy, Paul gives us an

overview of the influence and power that we have a young people:

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all

believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the

believers, and teaching them.” (1 Timothy 4:12-13 NLT)

Paul goes on to tell Timothy to keep an eye on the way that he lives and his

teaching, in terms of how he influences those around him. As Christians, our job is to

be a blessing everywhere we go – to provide encouragement and guidance to those

that are joining the faith daily. When we take on that role to encourage and uplift,

there is a message that we send out in the things that we say, the things that we do,

and the clothes that we wear. Modesty in clothing is merely scratching the surface of

it all. ChristLife serves as a beacon of encouragement with the various messages on

each hoodie, T-shirt, and even accessories.

As children of God, it is important to be aware of the message that we put out

in our everyday lives. When it comes to women of God it is necessary to preserve

your purity and virtue, and dressing modestly can not only prevent temptation of

your fellow brothers in Christ, but it can also serve as an example for your younger

sisters in Christ. The same goes for men of God – purity is not exactly a word used in

the same sentence as “men” nowadays. However, it is just as important for men as it

is for women! Men lead by example, so it is important to not only keep your fellow

sisters from falling into temptation, but to also provide a standard for your younger

brothers to follow. What we say, where we go, what we do, and what we wear all

plays a part in this walk with Christ. Let us not be looked down on because of our

youth; instead, let us embrace the power embedded in us for God’s glory.

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