More on modesty
From the time of the entrance of sin, nakedness has been associated with shame. When you read the passage in Genesis 3, you see how God first dealt with their relationship problems, then He addressed their modesty problem. It is still true today: God wants to start first with relationship, and then move to how that relationship affects your life.
It is also interesting to note that Adam and Even made only “aprons” (Hebrew “chagowr” = belt or loin cloth). God found the man and woman are covered only with a loin cloth and found it insufficient. However, God covered them with “coats” (Hebrew “kenthoneth” = a tunic, long shirt-like garment). The Adam labeled garment was immodest yet the God-label was one of modesty.
As we get deeper into the subject of holiness and how it affects your walk, it is important to remember that holiness is a priority for saved people, after they have established a saving relationship with the Savior. One must not think that an unsaved person can become saved by enforcing proper standards of dress. First, yield heart to Him:
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
What we call standards of holiness are simply ways to reflect that we serve the Lord and not the world. Although the devil and world under his control are unholy and are heading to the Lake of Fire , the church is called to be holy on their journey to heaven.
I ran across a puzzling verse in the last chapter of the Bible that speaks of this:
Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Regardless of the high standard of holiness that God’s church teaches, the world will continue doing their thing—there are those who will not be convinced otherwise. However, although the world will continue to do their wickedness, those who are holy will continue to be holy. Regardless of the world and its evil influence all around, keep being a light in the dark world by showing forth God and His holiness. We are to live holy because it pleases God, and because it shows others that not everyone is doing the things of the world. And that just might lead someone to Jesus.