Years ago, I walked up to my pastor after service to exchange greetings with him. At that same moment, a young girl also walked up to him. Pastor did not blink an eye at what she wore. I was already a bit shocked. 

The pastor said to her, “I heard you have gained admission into the University now”. She replied in the affirmative. Then Pastor asked the next question, “Do you wear clothes to class?” I could not forget that moment. 

There are two ways you can appear as a believer: You can appear the way you want or you can appear as prescribed by the Word and the Spirit of the Lord.

When the King wanted a bride in the days of Esther, these two categories were there: All other maidens decided on what they wanted to wear and how they wanted to appear.

When it was time for her to go to the king’s palace, she was given her choice of whatever clothing or jewellery she wanted to take from the harem. Esther 2:13 NLT

Esther listened to Hegai – the helper that was assigned to everyone. Hegai was available for all the maidens, but only Esther followed his instructions. Her helper had worked with the king for years, so he knew what pleased the king. Esther dressed as Hegai recommended, and she pleased the king. 

When it was Esther’s turn to go to the king, she accepted the advice of Hegai, the eunuch in charge of the harem. She asked for nothing except what he suggested, and she was admired by everyone who saw her. 

Esther 2:15 NLT

Did you see “She accepted the advice of Hegai?” Are you accepting or rejecting the counsel of the Lord when it comes to your appearance? 

As a believer, you are not dressing to please yourself or dressing to kill or slay, you are dressing to please the King of kings.

Everyone who decided to do it the way they wanted did not last in the presence of the king. They faded away. 

The best day you should dress to please the King of kings is everyday: 

Your wedding day is not an excuse to show some flesh so the beauty of the cloth can emerge.

*Your birthday photoshoot is not an excuse to let down the guards*. 

That Baby Bump shoot is not an excuse for nudity.

And dear brother, watch how you appear also. 

Our fashion sense is not dictated by trends but by the Word of the Lord that can never change.

If you allow the Spirit of the Lord to invade your wardrobe, would you still have clothes to wear? Would you allow the Spirit of God show you what is pleasing to the King?

Hosea 2:2 in the Message Version says: “Tell her to quit dressing like a whore, displaying her breasts for sale…” 

Are you presenting and representing Christ well? 

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