Saint Paul once said that we are all one in Christ Jesus and so therefore must in act in a way that is worthy of Him.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
However, what does it mean to act in a way worthy of Christ? How does modesty fit into the call to bring others closer to Christ? Scripture can give us insight into acting properly and deserving of Christ.
Adorn Yourself With Proper Conduct And Modesty
“[W]omen should adorn themselves with proper conduct, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hairstyles and gold ornaments, or pearls, or expensive clothes, but rather, as befits women who profess reverence for God, with good deeds.” (1 Timothy 2:9-10)
Although Saint Paul writes to Timothy in reference to how women should act, this is not to be understood as being applied to women only. Saint Paul clearly states that we are all one in Christ, which means we all have the responsibility to be reverent to God in our appearance as well as actions.
Self-control in particular should be emphasized here. Later in the same chapter, Saint Paul explains how Satan deceived Eve. Furthermore, she allowed her lack of self-control to lead Adam to sin. It is in this that women have a special role in the salvation of Man. Mary is the epitome of femininity and subjected herself to the Will of God, utilizing self-control for the salvation of Man. She is the antithesis to Eve, who exercised pride instead of humility – an aspect of acting modestly. Acting in the likeness of Mary instead of Eve, we should be conducting ourselves with humility, which includes conducting ourselves properly and with self-control.
Clothe Yourselves With Christ
“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:27)
Perhaps one of the greatest passages from Saint Paul proving his view of equality between men and women, Saint Paul states that all have the responsibility to act in accordance with Christ. To clothe ourselves in Christ means to act in accordance with His Teachings and God’s Commandments. It means to respect ourselves – soul and body – as well as our neighbor (to love our neighbor as we love ourselves).
This means treating our neighbor and ourselves as sons and daughters of God and not objects. It also means being a witness to our Christian faith, acting in a way that glorifies God and respects all of His creation. When we clothe ourselves in Christ, we put on Christ and evangelize through our actions.
Live In A Manner Worthy Of Christ
“I…urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love…” Ephesians 4:1-2
Saint Paul says we need to be clothing ourselves in Christ. Similarly, we should live and act in a way that is worthy of Christ, worthy of the call we have received. We are called to sanctify the world and help in bringing the world closer to Christ. To do so is to act virtuously, with chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness and humility. To act modestly, we act chastely and purely, imitating the perfect example of purity in Mary. By dressing and acting with respect, we treat others with true charity as we view them and ourselves through the eyes of God – with love, patience, and kindness. Finally, when we dress in a way that glorifies God, we show an outward sign of humility.
To live our call to sanctify the world we need to live and act in a manner worthy of Christ. To put on Christ, to clothe ourselves in Him, is to be living examples of His love. To dress and act modestly is to give glory to God always and so lead others to know and love Him.