Good Works or Good Looks?
“Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.” (1 Timothy 2:9-10)
I like shoes.
Most women do...shoes are not affected by a five course dinner the night before or a carb fest right before shopping. There are no tiny, awkward change rooms with disagreeable lighting either. We walk into the store, peruse the styles, then confidently pass our choices to the salesgirl requesting our size with no shame. Shopping heaven.
The Word says we are to dress respectably and perhaps that’s also why I like shoes—you have to look hard to find a pair that would be considered immodest. For us women who profess godliness, God has set higher standards when it comes to our appearance. We are to be modest and respectful which makes sense to me, but the rest of this verse can cause me to stumble. What’s wrong with great hair and a few accessories?
That is not the point of the passage. There is nothing wrong with looking nice. The message is about the condition of our hearts as women. Are we turning outward, looking to serve and minister to people in need, or are we caught up in ourselves and our own adoration? What do we want people to notice? I know a woman who wears four inch pink patent stilettos, jewelry so heavy it’s a miracle she doesn’t fall flat on her face from the weight, and yet within five seconds of meeting her all you see is Jesus radiating. She knows who she is in Christ and his love reflects brighter than any adornment.
So, take care of yourself and look nice, but be sure that you are working on your inward beauty with more time and attention than your outward appearance. Look to the Lord for your validation and may your gorgeous heart be the thing that others notice. The verse also helps us to identify if we’re on the right track—good works will be evident in our life. So, what are we striving most for ladies? Good Looks? Or Good Works?