By Jeanne Gowen Dennis
As we enter into spring and summer, we start shedding our warm clothing for styles that keep us cool. This is an especially important time for us to remember the true meaning of beauty, which according to the Bible, comes from within (1 Pet. 3:4). Now is also the time to teach our children about modesty. My guest international model, speaker, author, and Bible teacher Rachel Lee Carter, addresses this topic in our interview here and in her book Fashioned by Faith: an International Model Uncovers the Truth about Modesty and Style.
Scripture speaks of the Lord’s beauty (Ps. 27:4; Ps. 90:17), and as believers, we reflect His glory and beauty as He makes us grow more and more into the image of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3:18; Rom. 8:29). As Rachel Carter reminds us, our outside appearance should reflect what we are inside.
No matter what your age or your children’s ages, now is the time to model and teach modesty. Everything we do—including the way we dress—should reflect who we are in Jesus. When we wear clothing or allow our children to wear clothing that could cause temptation to others, we are not honoring God. We are also not honoring our bodies as the temple of the Holy Spirit by showing more skin than necessary.
As you shop for spring and summer clothing for your family, keep in mind that you represent Jesus Christ to the world. People do judge by appearances, so do everything you can to protect Christ’s witness in your life—and your wardrobe.