clothes hanging on rack

What’s in Your Heart’s Closet?

Reading Time: 9 minutes

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedeness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (1 Timothy 2:9-10).

I KNOW WHEN YOU SAW this month’s theme you thought to yourself, “Oh man, another article about modesty.” It seems this topic has been talked about by hundreds of people with hundreds of different opinions. However, I want to talk about being modest by starting on the inside. Modesty has to start first and foremost in your heart.

The opinion on modesty is something that changes drastically with every generation. You have a different opinion than your mother and she has a different one than her mother. It can be confusing to know whose opinion is the right one. I want to take a completely different approach on modesty. I don’t want to talk about the clothes you are wearing on the outside. I want to talk about the closet in your heart.

If you are like me, you clean out your closet all the time. Getting rid of things that you no longer wear or you just don’t want anymore. But, when was the last time you cleaned out your spiritual closet? When was the last time you asked the Lord to search your heart for any attitudes He doesn’t want you to have. When it comes down to it, the apparel in your closet can be modest and yet, if you have an attitude of immodesty hanging in the back of your heart closet, then the modest clothing isn’t going to mean anything.

Since birth, my parents have instilled in me the importance of modesty. It wasn’t until the last couple years that I truly began to understand it for myself. I have grown up with standards that are often considered weird from the world’s point of view. I have begun to realize that if I am going to glorify God through my clothing, I need to be set apart from the world in the way I dress, even if isn’t the most popular fashion. However there is one big misconception about modesty that all people have fallen prey to at one time or another. That it is more about what you are wearing than the attitude in which you are wearing it with. That as long as you are wearing modest attire, then your relationship with God is on-target.

I encourage every lady that may be reading this, whether young or old, to take some time to clean out your heart closet. Ask the Lord to show you if there is an attitude hanging on that hanger way in the back of your heart’s closet that no one knows about that, put simply, needs to go.

girl at clothes closetYou can be covered from head to toe and yet have a heart that is not glorifying God. I am not by any means saying that we should throw our standards out the window, because they are very important. But, maybe we should spend some time making sure that our inward modesty lines up with our outward modesty. You may say, “Well, why does my heart’s closet affect anyone else?” It has a bigger impact than you know. More people know that we are different by the way we dress than we care to realize. What those same people have to determine is, are we a good different? If the woman behind you in line sees you have an attitude with the cashier, what does that tell her about your outward appearance? It tells her that your outward appearance is an act. A cover up to the sin that is lurking in that box in the bottom of your heart’s closet. That does not make them want what you have. We want our modesty to shine from our heart in a way that causes the world around us to desire to learn more about Jesus.

I truly want to glorify God with my apparel, but sometimes I get off track and begin to dress modestly for the wrong reason. I do not want to guilt trip anyone else without giving a disclaimer that this is something all women inevitably struggle with. Our heart’s closet can sometimes have things hanging in it that we don’t see. I am sure there are times when I have been modestly dressed and not been a light for God the way I should have been. I simply want to get across the importance of having a modest heart closet as well as a modest physical closet.

So how do I clean out this closet? Ask the Lord to clean it out, and resolve to not let those things pile up again. Replace those old-heart clothes with new ones like a desire to please God in your appearance and a determination to be sensitive to God’s voice about your clothing. This is not going to be a one-time cleaning job. Just like your physical closet, you may have to reorganize it every once in a while. Just start by asking a simple question. “God, what is in my heart’s closet?” He will show you the things that are displeasing to Him.

So you may be wondering, “Well, I have cleaned out my heart closet, but how do I know what modesty looks like? How do I know what God wants me to wear?” I wish the Bible had a section that told us exactly what God wanted us to wear and vice versa, but it doesn’t. However, there is a scripture. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). I know you may not think that this verse applies to modesty, but if we ask God for wisdom on any matter, He is faithful to give it to us. If you are willing to surrender your physical closet to Him, He will give you wisdom to know what is pleasing and displeasing to Him.

I completely understand the mass confusion and misunderstanding of modesty. It is a topic that I still have to talk to God about often. Modesty is a daily decision. I encourage every lady that may be reading this, whether young or old, to take some time to clean out your heart closet. Ask the Lord to show you if there is an attitude hanging on that hanger way in the back of your heart’s closet that no one knows about that, put simply, needs to go. I truly believe that if you start with a commitment to have a modest heart it will ultimately lead to modesty in your outward appearance as well.

So, what is in your heart’s closet?

“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedeness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works” (1 Timothy 2:9-10).

I KNOW WHEN YOU SAW this month’s theme you thought to yourself, “Oh man, another article about modesty.” It seems this topic has been talked about by hundreds of people with hundreds of different opinions. However, I want to talk about being modest by starting on the inside. Modesty has to start first and foremost in your heart.

The opinion on modesty is something that changes drastically with every generation. You have a different opinion than your mother and she has a different one than her mother. It can be confusing to know whose opinion is the right one. I want to take a completely different approach on modesty. I don’t want to talk about the clothes you are wearing on the outside. I want to talk about the closet in your heart.

If you are like me, you clean out your closet all the time. Getting rid of things that you no longer wear or you just don’t want anymore. But, when was the last time you cleaned out your spiritual closet? When was the last time you asked the Lord to search your heart for any attitudes He doesn’t want you to have. When it comes down to it, the apparel in your closet can be modest and yet, if you have an attitude of immodesty hanging in the back of your heart closet, then the modest clothing isn’t going to mean anything.

Since birth, my parents have instilled in me the importance of modesty. It wasn’t until the last couple years that I truly began to understand it for myself. I have grown up with standards that are often considered weird from the world’s point of view. I have begun to realize that if I am going to glorify God through my clothing, I need to be set apart from the world in the way I dress, even if isn’t the most popular fashion. However there is one big misconception about modesty that all people have fallen prey to at one time or another. That it is more about what you are wearing than the attitude in which you are wearing it with. That as long as you are wearing modest attire, then your relationship with God is on-target.

I encourage every lady that may be reading this, whether young or old, to take some time to clean out your heart closet. Ask the Lord to show you if there is an attitude hanging on that hanger way in the back of your heart’s closet that no one knows about that, put simply, needs to go.

You can be covered from head to toe and yet have a heart that is not glorifying God. I am not by any means saying that we should throw our standards out the window, because they are very important. But, maybe we should spend some time making sure that our inward modesty lines up with our outward modesty. You may say, “Well, why does my heart’s closet affect anyone else?” It has a bigger impact than you know. More people know that we are different by the way we dress than we care to realize. What those same people have to determine is, are we a good different? If the woman behind you in line sees you have an attitude with the cashier, what does that tell her about your outward appearance? It tells her that your outward appearance is an act. A cover up to the sin that is lurking in that box in the bottom of your heart’s closet. That does not make them want what you have. We want our modesty to shine from our heart in a way that causes the world around us to desire to learn more about Jesus.

girl at clothes closetI truly want to glorify God with my apparel, but sometimes I get off track and begin to dress modestly for the wrong reason. I do not want to guilt trip anyone else without giving a disclaimer that this is something all women inevitably struggle with. Our heart’s closet can sometimes have things hanging in it that we don’t see. I am sure there are times when I have been modestly dressed and not been a light for God the way I should have been. I simply want to get across the importance of having a modest heart closet as well as a modest physical closet.

So how do I clean out this closet? Ask the Lord to clean it out, and resolve to not let those things pile up again. Replace those old-heart clothes with new ones like a desire to please God in your appearance and a determination to be sensitive to God’s voice about your clothing. This is not going to be a one-time cleaning job. Just like your physical closet, you may have to reorganize it every once in a while. Just start by asking a simple question. “God, what is in my heart’s closet?” He will show you the things that are displeasing to Him.

So you may be wondering, “Well, I have cleaned out my heart closet, but how do I know what modesty looks like? How do I know what God wants me to wear?” I wish the Bible had a section that told us exactly what God wanted us to wear and vice versa, but it doesn’t. However, there is a scripture. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). I know you may not think that this verse applies to modesty, but if we ask God for wisdom on any matter, He is faithful to give it to us. If you are willing to surrender your physical closet to Him, He will give you wisdom to know what is pleasing and displeasing to Him.

I completely understand the mass confusion and misunderstanding of modesty. It is a topic that I still have to talk to God about often. Modesty is a daily decision. I encourage every lady that may be reading this, whether young or old, to take some time to clean out your heart closet. Ask the Lord to show you if there is an attitude hanging on that hanger way in the back of your heart’s closet that no one knows about that, put simply, needs to go. I truly believe that if you start with a commitment to have a modest heart it will ultimately lead to modesty in your outward appearance as well.

So, what is in your heart’s closet?

Did you enjoy this article? Share it with your friends!

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Thanks for taking the time for this blog. I am enjoying reading y’all’s blog posts. This one was one of my favorites so far.

    1. Thank you so much!

  2. Thanks, Ashley, wonderfully said and thought provoking.

  3. Ashley you do a wonderful job talking to all us ladies and making us think. Great job!

Leave a Reply

Close Menu

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This

Share this post with your friends!