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Donning the Proper Attire

1 Peter 3:3-6

“Do not let your adorning be external–the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear– but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.”

Though this text is specifically addressed to women, I don’t think it would be a stretch to apply it to all Christians. Submissiveness to authority, quietness, gentleness, humility, trust in God–all these things are befitting and proper for any Christian.

All of us know the feeling of wanting to look our best. We all know what it’s like to look in the mirror–and look again–and wonder how people perceive us. Are these clothes out-of-date? Does my hair look alright? Should I trim my nose hair or can I get by another day or two?

Our looks are important to us, and to some degree, that’s okay–we should care about our physical appearance. But much more important is the adorning of our heart. The beauty of a gentle heart, a quiet spirit–a person who is submissive, humble, and trusts the Lord–is imperishable. Outward physical beauty fades away, but inward beauty lasts eternally.

So let us ask the Lord who dwells in our hearts to continue working through us. Let us ask Him to produce the fruits of His Spirit through us so that by being properly adorned inwardly we may win souls through our outward conduct. People will see the Light of the World shining through us, His gospel clothing us, and Jesus will draw all men to Himself.

  • Titus 2:9-14; “Slaves are to be submissive to their own masters in everything; they are to be well-pleasing, not argumentative, not pilfering, but showing all good faith, so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”
  • 1 Peter 2:11-12; “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”
  • Philippians 2:12-16; “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”
  • Matthew 5:16; “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
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