Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Situational Modesty?

I’ve wanted to do a blog on modesty for a while…it’s one topic that I know has been done many times, but I want to give you some thoughts on modesty that some of you may have never thought about before.

During blogs like this, I’m sure people have referred you to places like 1st Timothy 2:9, which is a great reference for saying that modesty is important. But, I think the real question is, how do we be modest? What constitutes as modest?

I’m sure we all know of the verse, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of Christ Jesus.” (Colossians 3:17). Okay, this is saying that in whatever you do or say, do it with Christ in mind. As Christian girls, I see often that we tend not to keep Christ in mind in a lot of the things we do, especially when it pertains to modesty.

I would like to bring up an issue that some Christian girls don’t even think about. I want to ask you something…would you wear your underwear out in public? I know it seems like a ludicrous question, and you’re probably thinking, “Of COURSE not! Why would you even ask that?”. But, many girls wear things very similar during the summer. Yes, I’m talking about swimsuits. Think about it for a second: a good 98% of all the swimwear that is sold in the stores (not all of them are though.) looks EXACTLY like undergarments and lingerie women usually wear. This includes the one piece swimwear, too (for some reason, women have a mindset that one pieces automatically count as modest).

I know you are probably thinking, “But, it’s different!” Okay, how are they different? Sure, you might say, “They’re made for swimming!”. That’s actually the only difference between most swimwear and undergarments/lingerie. Many girls get into this mindset that at the beach, guys (as well as other situations) aren’t going to look at them simply because they don’t want them to. Let me give you this analogy…when girls are at the mall, I would venture to say that almost 100% of the time, they can’t help but glance over at a jewelry store when they are walking by even if they don’t stop. It’s like we can’t help it-we love shiny stuff. Guys are kind of the same way in regard to girls. They are wired to notice girls. Physical reactions to immodestly dressed girls aren’t going to change just because of the situation; whether you’re at church, the beach, a formal event, performing, or out with friends. We must strive not to be a reason for encouraging guys to sin (Romans 14:13).

Refer to Colossians 3:17 again. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, we continue to uphold the same standards for ourselves. Modesty is no exception. We choose Him and His will no matter what the situation. If you wouldn’t wear things that are skin tight, low cut, shows off a lot of your back, your chest, and your thighs, in your daily life, why wouldn’t you do the same in ALL other situations? What does God want me to wear for this situation? That’s the question you need to ask. I’ve heard some girls say, “Well, my parents said that this was okay to wear, so it’s alright.” First off, your parents are human. They’re not God, and they make mistakes. That’s part of growing up as a Christian is realizing that those around you, no matter how much you respect them, will make mistakes. Compare what people say to God’s word, and if you’d feel comfortable wearing it around your Heavenly Father. -Chelsea

Friday, April 1, 2011

Yes. Everyone has a talent. Use it!

Today, I have a few thoughts I’d like to share with you. Today, I was reading Matthew 25:14-30. This is the parable of the talents. In this story, a rich ruler entrusts money to some of his servants (which, the money is what the “talents” are). The master leaves for some time, and then comes back to see what his servants have done with what he entrusted to them. The first and second servants used their talents wisely, and he rewarded them. The third, however, got too scared to use his, and just buried it. The ruler was very unhappy with the third. He had generously given this gift for the servant to use, and had expected him to do so.

In verse 30, it says, “…And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” The third servant was described as worthless and cast aside because he did not use what was given to him.

We as Christians have a responsibility to use the talents God has bestowed us with. Based on this parable above, I think we can very well say that it’s a sin not to use our talent (s) for the benefit of God’s cause. For, as we see in verse 30, this man didn’t use his talent and was cast into everlasting torment (“In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”, describing the intense pain and suffering). God has given us skills and abilities for us to use while we are here. I’ve met many who say they are talentless. This isn’t true.

Each one of us has some kind of ability. Are you a good writer? Study your bible more to help you possibly write articles like this one. Can you cook? Look at the prayer list from your congregation. Maybe there are some sick, shut ins, or widows that you could bake cookies for (Or maybe you could easily go to the store and get pre-made dough and bake that). Are you good with small children? Offer to teach bible classes for the little ones. You could even invite them to sit with you in worship, or offer to baby sit them (any influence you could have on the future of the church is ALWAYS needed!). Are you good with people in general? Take flyers from your congregation on upcoming events and invite people! I guarantee you that there is something you can do!

God calls us to be active in His work every day. There is no taking a break from being a Christian. Once you commit your life to God, you are saying that you are going to strive to do everything you can to be pleasing to Him, and to spread His word. To truly love God, you must live for Him with everything you have (1 Thessalonians 1:11, Ecclesiastes 9:1, Colossians 3:17). If you love Him with all your might (Luke 10:27) you will use what you have to serve Him and do as He says (John 14:15).

Let us not be like the man who buried His talents! Let’s use them to bring glory to our God!