Devotional 12/6

Let your beauty be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:4

I am not the clothes I buy.
Lecrae

Historically, the continent of Asia, included countries like Ephesus, Greece, and Turkey. In those countries wealthy women dressed extravagantly! They dressed to attract attention, and to be praised as honorable women. They wanted to be celebrated. But Peter says that women (wives) shouldn’t put on excessive garments,  accessories or wear hair styles that would attract attention to themselves. Women were to attract attention to God, not to themselves. Women should have a quiet and gentle spirit, which is of great value to God according to the scripture. This message was for the wealthy women of that church in Ephesus. These women splurged on fancy clothes, even placed special expensive gems in their hair; while the poor people in the church, went hungry. And this is relevant and prevalent today, to Christ professing believers: both  men and women. We often speak about our faith, but we do not act the part. And it’s not about pretending to be something we are not, it is about honoring God with our daily life. Even down to our looks! If God mentions it in His word, it is important to HIM and, to us, a warning to avoid the door of temptation (where the enemy can tempt us away from God).  Image result for superficial beauty

According to God’s word it is truly about taking care of the brotherhood, as a wife would you appreciate being in church with your husband when the co-pastor is dressed in a transparent sequence, with her breast and legs out for public admiration? I don’t think so. We need to be honest, sensible and discerning in being attentive to our style and accessories. A simple example, are bangle type bracelets: they can be distracting. Or extremely large necklaces and/or earrings. Sometimes, I laugh about it myself. If we are attracting attention to feel good about ourselves or to be admired? Do our hairstyles make other people feel inadequate, or poor? It’s nice to look nice, and to be health conscious too.  Let’s make sure to spend more time in prayer, than on our looks. More time on meditating on areas to transform our souls, than pressing like buttons on Facebook and double tapping Instagram. Could we possibly be giving more time, dedication and attention to our appearance, and not our spiritual health?

Let’s pray:

Thank you Lord Jesus, that you are so funny. I thank you that these aren’t matters of heaven and hell but simply wisdom and order in the house of God. I thank you that women can preach, and even though many people use these scriptures to dominate women or to control them, or completely shut them down; I thank you for the churches who encourage beauty routines, style and  fashion trends in wisdom of course. I pray you continue to reveal your will for every believer, where they may be convicted of your desire for their lives, even their clothing and apparel. May we be women of honor, and not women who look worldly. May our spirit reflect on our countenance, but may we also reflect your nature in our appearance. In Jesus name, Amen. 

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