Yesterday I listened to a most excellent message on modesty by C.J. Mahaney. Pastor Mahaney brought out points in ways that I had never thought of before. It was such a blessing. Modesty may not be an issue for you. Maybe you could use this message to minister to others, perhaps a daughter, friend, sister, neighbor, etc. I highly recommend it to all. Here are some highlights from the message.
- Any biblical discussion of modesty begins by addressing the heart, not the hemline. We must start with the attitude of the modest woman.
- Modesty means propriety. It means avoiding clothes and adornment that are extravagant or sexually enticing. Modesty is humility expressed in dress. It’s a desire to serve others, particularly men, by not promoting or provoking sensuality.
- Immodesty, then, is much more than wearing a short skirt or low-cut top; it’s the act of drawing undue attention to yourself. It’s pride, on display by what you wear.
- There’s an inseparable link between your heart and your clothes. Your clothes say something about your attitude. If they don’t express a heart that is humble, that desires to please God, that longs to serve others, that’s modest, that exercises self-control, then change must begin in the heart.
- For modesty is humility expressed in dress.
- Godly men find modesty attractive. They appreciate women who dress with self-control and restraint. They’re grateful for women who serve them by helping them fight the temptation to lust.
- Ultimately, fathers, your job to raise a modest daughter culminates and concludes on her wedding day.
- Notice in 1 Timothy 2 that Paul goes beyond addressing a woman’s apparel. He says he desires “that women should adorn themselves … with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works” (2:9–10).
- Adorning yourself with good works means less time shopping and more time serving. So, which are you more preoccupied with — shopping or good works?
- Modesty is important because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s why Paul is concerned about it. He isn’t simply a “cultural conservative.” This isn’t Paul’s version of The Book of Virtues. For him, the issue of modesty is about the gospel.
- The woman who loves the Savior avoids immodesty because she doesn’t want to distract from or reflect poorly upon the gospel.
- Make this your aim: that there be no contradiction between your gospel message and the clothes you wear. May your modest dress be a humble witness to the One who gave himself as a ransom for all.
The entire message can be downloaded at http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/blogs/cj-mahaney/category/modesty.aspx.
A modesty checklist from the message, http://www.sovereigngracestore.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=A1170-06-51