There is a lot of debate among Christians about how we should or shouldn’t dress. About whether or not certain items are appropriate. Some things concerning modesty may be preferences, but there is a definite standard in the Bible for how we ought to dress.
I am just starting into the ministry so I would not presume to know all the answers. The Lord has continued to show me my inadequacy in life and the ministry. I was listening to a sermon and the whole point tied in with my meditation verse for the month:
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
“God specializes in weakness. God called Paul, a man who was specially trained under Jewish scholar Gamaliel, to reach the Gentiles. Moses and Joshua had to spend forty years wandering before they were ready for the work of God. King Saul was used when he was little in his own sight. What I’m saying is that God uses foolish and weak things or people in our eyes to do great and mighty things for Himself.”
1 Peter 5:5 says we ALL are to be CLOTHED with HUMILITY. I could never explain the depths of pride in my own heart. This standard is one that I have never, nor will ever, keep without the grace of God.
Clothed with humility… that’s an interesting phrase. The “mind of Christ” described in Philippians 2:7 explains that Christ made Himself of no reputation. That’s a tough one. We all want people to think we are spiritual, talented, kind, or whatever reputation you wish. But Jesus didn’t live for His own reputation. He emptied Himself. He left aside all of His glory, the worship of angels in paradise, and clothed Himself with a veil of flesh. Not very flattering compared to the grandeur and power of His heavenly body.
In the same way I must be clothed with humility. I’ve heard preachers say, “that boy really has a personality, God can really use him,” or, “she is beautiful and talented: what a great servant of the Lord.” That’s not always what God is seeking…
We can all fool man. On the outside, David’s older brothers looked very suited to accomplish the work of God. They even had the man of God (Samuel) fooled. But God was looking for something the human eye can’t see. Although a person may not look the part, he can still be used if God sees what He is looking for.
The Bible says to be clothed with Humility. Not spirituality, or piousness, or even a good reputation which is valuable. Humility may not be the most flattering clothing to man. But, in God’s eyes it is the most attractive garments we can display. 1 Corinthians 8:3 But if any man love God, the same is known of him.