Sunday, May 8, 2011

Purity: for a greater purpose

Many times I have asked myself this fundamental question: "Who do I serve?

Who will be my master?" There is really only one of two responses that

can be taken. Either you strive to serve yourself and the world, or

you strive to serve the savior, Jesus Christ.

Whichever you choose, your efforts, and ultimately your entire life

will be spent on pleasing who you seek to serve. Whether you think so

or not, we were made by God to serve something whether it be Him and

His creation, or the things of this world.

The fruits produced in your life will shine through you and make it

obvious who your master is and who is ultimately in control of your

life. Things like your attitude, the friends you make, what you let

fill your mind, the things you talk about, and the subject I would

like to discuss today: the way you dress.

Now, you may think that how you dress has absolutely nothing

whatsoever to do with who you call your master, I know there are many

girls who may believe that. Truthfully, that assumption is wrong. Once

you have truthfully answered the question above, "Who is your master?"

Take that question deeper and ask something like "Who am I dressing to

serve?" I'm sure that can be a hard one for some girls. Think about

when you get up in the morning and have somewhere important to go,

maybe school, church, or a social gathering. When you're sorting

through your clothes discarding one shirt, then another, what are the

thoughts that flow through your mind? Are you thinking about which

outfit would most impress your friends who keep telling you that you

should really dress more with the style and wear something that would

draw more attention to yourself, or are you thinking about which outfit will keep yourself pure

and keep your brothers in Christ from stumbling?

"Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but

rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother."

~ Romans 14:13

God has a separate calling for everyone, but he specifically calls us

girls to be modest both in the way we dress, and in our hearts.

Modesty begins in our hearts, with wanting to serve God, but modesty

also comes with sacrifice. The real question is whether you're willing

to sacrifice for God and for purity.

As a young girl, I remember being teased because of what I wore, being

teased because I was different, because I wouldn't "go with the flow"

with how I dressed. I remember the looks that seemed penetrating and

judging when I walked into a public swimming pool, and the comments

"Is that your bathing suit?! It looks like a dress. I can't believe

you wear that." Looking back, I can remember one night years ago when

I thought that nobody cared that I was modest. How was I helping

anyone? All I got was rude comments from people, what was the point? I

saw other girls flock to the ones that were immodest, leaving me

behind in the dust of my own world. Alone. I think that this is what

many girls struggle with today and they give up because of useless

desire to be like everyone else. Now that I'm older, I can't believe

that I thought that way that night long ago, and so thankful to God

that I didn't sacrifice being modest for anything else. God has so much more of a calling for us.

We're modest because that's what God calls us to be.

Even if no one else cares and you get teased, be modest for the Lord

and for his ultimate purpose for you.

Although the world pounds with its influence and its desire to fit in,

God wants us to go against that desire, to push against the waves of

the world that flow endlessly. Although it may sometimes hurt now, our

reward is much greater. To strive after what God wants for us, and keep ourselves pure.

Purity is one of God's wonderful creations. It should never be wasted.

The Lord says our body is a temple of God. He doesn't want us to

"sell" it away for useless fads and attention from people He wants us to stay beautiful in His

sight and pure forever.

In Christ,

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