“And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:25). Ok, am I the only person who thinks about life before Eve ate of the tree? I mean, seriously, we would all be walking around naked right now. Without dwelling on that thought for too long, think about how much easier life would be without the issue of modesty. Can you imagine never having to worry about your shorts being too short, shirt too low, or clothes too tight? I personally think that would rock!
Reality is, however, Eve did eat of the tree, and therefore we must deal with the issue of modesty. But how? How can we know what God finds appropriate in regards to covering our bodies?
The wisest man to ever walk the earth (aside from Christ), teaches us that, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). If this is true, then we know that modesty has been a hot topic since the fall of man. So in order to understand God’s will regarding modesty, we must refer back to the moment it became an issue.
Genesis 3:7 tells us that after eating of the tree, Adam and Eve’s eyes “were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” At this very moment, man realized the need to cover up his body. So what happened next? Well, the verse continues to say, “And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” Hooray for Adam and Eve! Right? Wrong.
Though Adam and Eve attempted to cover their bodies, we read in verse 21 that God “clothed them” with “garments of skins”. In other words, God’s standards of covering the body are much higher than man’s.
If God were to walk through the hallways of your school or work place today, how many girls do you think He would reclothe? Better yet, how many out fits hanging in your closet, would He replace? How many pairs of your shorts would He add material too? How many of your shirts would He stretch out, lengthen, or add material too?
You maybe thinking, “God isn’t here, so I must decide what is appropriate or not”. Was this not the very attitude that Adam and Eve had when they covered their bodies before God appeared in the garden? When you look at yourself in the dressing room, or in your mirror at home, whose eyes do you look through? God’s? Or your own?
When we look through our own eyes, we tend to see our flaws. “I’m not pretty enough.” “I’m too heavy.” “I don’t have enough curves.” “I look too young.” “I don’t look cool enough.” And the list goes on. When these flaws become the focus of our attention, we lean on more makeup, more revealing clothing, or more dramatic appearances to “fix” what we feel lacks.
Through the eyes of God, however, we would see the aspects of beauty that really count, such as a beautiful heart, soul, mind, and attitude. It’s when these qualities become the focus of our attention that we truly feel beautiful inside and out.
As you prepare your school wardrobes this year, I challenge you to view yourself through the eyes of God. Rely on His high standards for yourself. Not only will you find greater confidence in who you are, but chances are you will feel and look more beautiful to others around you. If you dress yourself by God’s standards, you will be fully clothed, fully pleased, and fully beautiful.