Aug 29, 2011

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Dress for Success

When you look at your pastor’s wife, what do you see? Do you see how beautiful her skin is, her new designer clothes? Or do you see the Word of God shining through her face and how she dresses herself modestly? Just think, when a teenage girl sees you in public, will she see your clothes and think, “She looks like she just stepped off the runway,” or will she think, “There is something uniquely beautiful about her”?

Why is it that our Pentecostal girls are lowering their physical and spiritual standards to the point that when they go to their classes on campus, you can’t even tell that they are a chosen people? Sure, you may “walk the walk” but if you don’t “talk the talk”–sorry, your cover is blown.

1 Peter 3:3-5 states:

Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:”

Pentecostals were meant to stand out. Yes, I understand that sometimes it can be hard to distinguish Pentecostal men out in public, but we as women are put forth to be the example of Christ. We have to be cautious of our hemlines, necklines and how tight our clothing may get. We also have to be careful of what we say and how we walk. Even the slightest carnal action can instantly trigger a man’s mind to thoughts that can be beyond his control.  What we allow into our minds and when we listen to the things of the world, it eventually will come out of our mouths. How you act now affects how men see you.  Men see you not only as a future wife but also as a minister, a prayer warrior or an altar worker.

When you have a calling on your life, you have to constantly say to yourself, “How are my choices going to influence my calling?” Your conscience and the Holy Spirit must become your consultant. No matter what your ministry may be, your actions will have either a negative or positive outcome. Your elders and leaders in your church will see how you live and take it into consideration.

So when you get dressed, keep in mind that when you walk down the streets, people of all ages are watching you.  They will use what they see in you as either inspiration or disincentive. To the girls that are in high school, I know it can be rough, but stay proud of your Pentecostal identity. When you walk down those worldly hallways, keep in mind, “My anointing is my ministry.” With that I say, “Don’t let the world influence your standards, let your standards influence the world.”

 

 – Whitney Shurte, St. Cloud, FL

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