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Temples // by Anita Ford

By January 28, 2019fashion

In Biblical times, leaders were given specific instructions to construct temples. Imagine the awe and amazement of being given the task of creating such a special place of worship. While instructions were given, it’s refreshing to see the way God would provide others to help along the way. How amazing it is to know that while the construction of the temple was planned, you were definitely not an afterthought when it comes to God. You were thought of many years before, and God sees us as the apple of His eye.

Imagine a temple built with specific instructions, carefully crafted and designed to mimic exact plans to create a beautiful, reverent place.

Psalm 139 says,

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

It’s an amazing feeling knowing we are intricately designed by the Father who knows all things, sees all things, and makes no mistakes. And, in the midst of Him designing us, He thought to Himself… It is good.

Ephesians 2:10 tells us,

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I wish more people would see themselves the way that God sees them. I wish more people would embrace their God-given beauty and value. Instead of allowing the world to dictate the standards of what is beautiful and what’s not beautiful, why not embrace the beauty of being exactly who you are called to be.

Romans 12:1-2 tells us,

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I’ve always thought of fashion as an outward expression of an individual’s personality. The era in which we live in tends to dictate fashion trends, but ultimately it is up to you to represent the Kingdom well. Your body is a temple created by the Most High; you are valued, esteemed, and powerful.

So how does a woman dress in a way that is honoring her temple?

  • Clothe yourself in the matters of the heart: integrity, honor, grace, love, and happiness.
    • True beauty starts from within. The way you live, the way you treat people, and the way you worship matters to God.
  • Embrace your unique, powerful voice given to you by God.
    • Don’t allow the world to change you.
  • Understand that living a life of integrity often means you will be different from the crowd.
    • The crowd may have one set of ideals and you have another, but ultimately the Father’s business is more important than the opinions or constructs in this world.

To me, modesty means being comfortable with your identity in Christ. Something wonderful happens when you begin to see yourself the way God sees you. It’s important to live life knowing that your ultimate goal on this earth isn’t solely for yourself. Your mission on earth is to be set apart and walk in the promises of God. You are uniquely made, you are richly blessed, and you are treasured by the one who doesn’t make any mistakes. Go forth and be a blessing for the Kingdom.

Featured Photo by: Allison Mims

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