Fashion & Faith: Can I Serve God While Having a Love for Something That is Considered Superficial?

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How can I serve God while having a love for something that is considered superficial?

I get a few emails every now and then asking this question. I have to start out by saying that I don’t think dressing nice is superficial. I truly believe that we should place value on the way we present ourselves—there just has to be a balance. When I get dressed, I definitely want to wear something that makes me feel good about myself, but more importantly, I want to wear something that pleases God. While I love following fashion and what’s “in”, I have to separate myself. I don’t want to become so well-adjusted to the world that I can fit into it without thinking (Romans 12:2) and wear something that contradicts my beliefs. We should offer our bodies to Him as an instrument of righteousness (Romans 6:13) and by our inward and outward witness, people can be shown the glory of God and be liberated. Philippians 2:15 reads,”Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving message into the night.”

Red striped maxidress, yellow skirt and cardigan

When we ask God for wisdom and diligently seek it, he will give it to us. He will give us the tools to separate ourselves. We are the body of Christ on the earth today, and we have to literally wear our Christianity on our sleeve. While God calls us to modest, I don’t think He wants us to be frumpy. We wouldn’t be presenting Christ in the right manner. 1 Peter 1:16-17 says, “God said, ‘I am holy; you be holy.’ You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.” Because He is a responsible Father and he wants to protect us, we are instructed to dress in modest clothing. However, we shouldn’t live sloppily. The Bible says we should display our beauty by dressing decently in appropriate clothes (1 Timothy 2:9). I hope my blog encourages you and reminds you that dressing modestly doesn’t have to mean dressing homely. I have fun dressing up! I genuinely love living for God, and I want my outward appearance to be a witness of the joy I feel. I want it to reflect who I am and what I stand for. If I don’t feel ugly on the inside, why would I want to look ugly on the outside? I just have to have balance. When I look in the mirror, is Christ reflected? (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Red polka dot skirt, wrap dress

“For the love of God constrains us, that we no longer live for ourselves and what pleases our flesh, but for Christ who died for us, and gave us this beautiful garment of salvation, we therefore cast off our old garment that represents the philosophy of the world, and put on the new, having the mind of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

About Kenzie

My name is Kenzie Faith.
My career (or career goal) is to design and create a line of clothes.
This summer, my must-have fashion item is my double-buckle cuffed sandals from Old Navy! They go with everything.
I’m secretly terrified of heights! Like really, really terrified.
The gutsiest thing I’ve ever done was go on a swing that was 300 feet in the air spinning 30 mph at a 45 degree angle. I still don’t know why I did that. It scares me even thinking about it!
I feel most in love with God when I see people discover His presence for the first time.
The passage of scripture that I live by is Philippians 4:13 is great!

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  • Cindy

    That should have been a heart. Loved it!

  • Abchel

    Oh this article is so great! An inspiring reminder indeed ?