Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Modesty Series: Am I Always Presentable?

I am a young lady, as are the majority of my readers. We, young ladies are blooming into women hood and have to look like it. By this I mean that we have to be presentable. Being presentable requires being well-kept and well spoken (in speech and not gossiping) Today, we will focus on being well-kept. 

When you go outside, is your hair a mess, are your nails un-trimmed and do your clothes look like you squashed it into a ball before you got dressed? These are all signs of being un-presentable. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not encouraging anyone to become vain, spending hours at a time ironing and grooming, but it's important that we look like children of God. Our father is the owner of all things and as His children, we lack nothing. The Bible says,

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds 
and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16

I believe that this verse applies to spiritual things but also to the day to day aspects of our lives. If you haven't washed your face this morning, can I see the light of Jesus? Maybe, but first, I will most likely notice last nights traces.

So how can you look presentable when you go out side? Here is a little check list to remember:
  1. Wash your face
  2. Brush your teeth 
  3. Do your hair 
  4. Put on a fresh set of clean clothes
You're  probably thinking, I know that already, but are we always doing them? Those things on the list are the BIG and obvious things, but proper grooming goes beyond that.

Bad habits:
I know many people that bite their nails (I was once part of that group). Some pick their hair for split ends, while others are constantly touching their faces and putting their finger in their mouths.  Can you think of any gross habits you have cultivated over the years? Well, now is the time to break those habits. 

Bad habits are easy to form and difficult to break but with Jesus' help, all things are possible.

Good habits:
Make it a goal if you must, but make sure that you are always looking your best. Be sure that your lips aren't chapped by moisturizing them with lip balm and make sure that your hair is combed. Remember to apply lotion to your hands and wash your face daily. These things can all become habits, good habits.

Why is it important to be presentable? 
First impressions are lasting impressions. When others see you, like I said previously, they are supposed to see Jesus first. If they don't, how can they tell the difference between you and those who aren't children of God.

Wrinkled clothes isn't presentable in the same way that a wrinkled life isn't presentable before God. God is so merciful that He provided a way to smooth out the wrinkles in our spiritual lives.

Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, 
without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
Ephesians 5:25b-27

He gave us His love and through that love, we have grace.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks you for this. It's always easy to forget that we are representing Jesus by the way we look. :)


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