Hemp Beads and Braids or Botox and Bentleys: Identity is found in Christ alone

Some may argue that to dress “holy” in 2015 means to follow one specific idea or another. What does the Bible say about beauty? Is there such a thing as “holy beauty”? How much should a modern Christian woman cover her own body? How much is a Christian woman “allowed” to physically reveal for all to see?

“Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1: 13-16 (HCSB)

Rather than focusing on how “sexy” a young Christian woman should or should not dress, may our thoughts turn to the heart issue which this underlies.
Regardless of what you see, is there REAL beauty in me?
Often as a Christian culture, it is easy to become consumed by thoughts of measuring up. The truth is, we have ALL missed the mark of perfection (Romans 3:23). Thus, whether one chooses to adore herself with hemp beads and braids or plastic surgery and botox–the reality remains the same.
We will only discover our own true beauty through Jesus Christ. There is nothing–I will say it again, nothing–that we can “add” to this beauty. If a woman has a breath in her lungs, she is beautiful. How is this possible? Simply put, because this is how God designed it.
It may seem “too simple”–but here is the reasoning for this truth.
Jesus Christ committed the ultimate act of beauty as He laid down His flawless life on the Cross of Calvary (also known as Golgotha) and rose from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). In doing this, Jesus was able to power wash our lives from the filth and dirty living that we each have dabbled in (be it through our words, our actions or our thoughts) to once again be seen as perfect in the eyes of God (1 Corinthians 1:30). Through this divine act, all of our shameful, hurtful and even traitors acts (past, present and future) have been miraculously forgiven.
The question is, are we willing to individually accept this transformation? Are you willing to allow the God of all creation access to your heart, life and soul? If you allow Jesus Christ to rule and reign within your heart, and ask for forgiveness for all personal failures to measure up to God’s standards, God WILL REDEEM. God WILL TRANSFORM. And God WILL take you on the adventure He desires for your life.
At that point, the question no longer becomes “what can I get away with wearing?”, but rather “What would honor God?”
Ladies, may we be a generation that rises up to live out “Biblical holiness” both in our wardrobes and actions throughout our days.
God has a beautiful plan and purpose for each and every soul on this spinning planet. May we be a people of prayer and catalyst for Biblical change as we seek the Lord’s face on Biblical holiness each day. A woman can still be modest and beautiful at the same time.

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2 thoughts on “Hemp Beads and Braids or Botox and Bentleys: Identity is found in Christ alone

  1. There is so much talk about modesty–what’s modest and what’s not. I so agree with you that what we choose to wear should bring honor God, not attention to ourselves.

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