When I was a little girl, my mom would call me “princess” and other cute names like that. I am pretty sure every parent who has a daughter call their little girl those names, but my mother not only called me that, but she made it her duty to let me know that I should act and know that through God, I am considered His daughter and worthy of more than this earth could ever offer.
“She is more precious than rubies,
And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.” Proverbs 3:15
After I accepted Christ and my walk with Him began, He began to show me my worth. He showed how I was worth more than anything on this earth and how I was worth more than gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, and that I was worth more than rubies, which is considered one of the most precious gems on this earth.
When I first uncovered that truth for the first time, I couldn’t believe it. I was a 13, I was in those awkward years, and I had many insecurities, so when I saw that God thought of me as worth more than rubies, I thought it was too good to be true. I assumed that God must have been speaking to the wrong girl, but as I continued to trust Him, I realized that the girl He was talking to was me.
My value is so high in the eyes of God, that I want to be a lady and not give up my identity found in Him. He views me as His daughter, as priceless, and He views me as worthy of sending His only Son to die for me, and that is where my worth originates from.
Therefore, since I know my worth, I want to be a lady, a woman of virtue, a woman of grace, and a woman who embraces her value as His daughter. I want to set examples, I want to be a role model in a world where role models do not exist anymore, and I want to live my purpose that God has set before me.
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
According to God, I must be a godly, I must uphold myself with grace and dignity, and I must not only have a gentle and meek spirit, but I must also be modest. Being a lady is not measured by you wear or how you “dine,” but it’s in your heart; however, as a godly woman, modesty is very important in embracing your identity in Christ.
The word modesty means so many different things, but there is only one meaning. Modesty means that you understand that you do not need to show off your body to gain respect, and it also means that you have dignity.
In 2018, the hems of dresses keep losing an inch, the low-cut shirts keep lowering, and if this trend of getting rid of fabric continues, society will soon say that we don’t need clothes due to them saying we should “embrace our bodies.” Society is on an incline to destroy modesty, to destroy dignity, and to make women doubt their worth in Christ.
We live in a society that claims to want “rights” for women, yet we are lowering modesty standards, we are promoting sex with everyone and anyone, and we are destroying femininity and dignity.
This is the exact opposite of what God wanted. You do not have to show skin to be beautiful, but our world says you have to. You do not have to be loud to be heard, but society says you have to raise your voice. You do not have to be insecure, but society promotes insecurities though magazines, models, plastic surgery, and the list is endless.
This was never God’s plan, and what our world is doing is destroying the divine view that God made us in. So many women have fallen into the lies of “you must wear this is to be beautiful,” “you must sacrifice this to be beautiful,” or “you must do this or this to be worthy,” and this is destructive.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.” Mark 12:30
The only thing you have to do to be beautiful is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. You have to put your trust in Him, you have to deny yourself, and you have to be selfless. A beautiful woman knows that she does not need anything in society, and she embraces her worth in Christ.
You are a daughter of the King, so why degrade yourself to fit in when you were meant to stand out for good?
Esther was chosen to stand out to save the Jews of Persia.
Hannah was chosen to give birth to a son that she prayed so endlessly for.
Deborah was chosen to be a judge and a prophet of Israel.
Mary was chosen to give birth to our Savior, and without Jesus, we would never know the Father’s love.
Society is trying to harden the hearts of women, trying to make them think they are worthless, and society wants to want women think that society is the only way to true purpose. Satan hates women due to our gift of child-bearing, due to our ability be loving mothers, due to our ability to be helpers to our husbands, and Satan cannot stand the role a woman has in the family, so he wants to destroy the foundation of a woman, which is her worth.
“Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Don’t sacrifice your modesty for this world, don’t degrade your value, and don’t be your worst enemy. Satan can only cause havoc on your worth if you open the door to him, so do not open that door, keep the door locked, keep it shut, and keep you heart guarded.
Remember who God made you to be. He made you to be His daughter; a daughter worth more than rubies, a daughter worthy of respect, a daughter who should be praised by her husband and children due to her sacrifices and selflessness, a daughter who is clothed in dignity and strength, and a daughter who is loved beyond measure.
Modesty isn’t just clothes, but it’s the heart, soul, and mind, so why are you gong to risk your dignity to please people when your only goal is to please God?
“I am a daughter of the King, who is not moved by the world. For my God is with me and goes before me. I do not fear because I am His.”