The challenge of the external
1 Peter 3:3 Do not let your adorning be external.
This is a concept that has challenged and does challenge me greatly as a woman. If I’m completely honest, I love getting dressed and dolled up for a nice day or evening out and if I am not careful I can spend copious amounts of time, effort and money on adorning my external appearances. This is an area I struggle with greatly and it can be so easy for me to spend great amounts of money buying things that are of no eternal value. I very often have to stop and remind myself not to get caught up in the products of this world in any effort to adorn my external appearances.
Other verses that hold this same principle are found in:
Proverbs 31:30 which says, charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised and 1 Timothy 2:9 which says, ‘I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes.’
The reality is that God has made us beautiful, perfect and in his image. We need to be very careful about how much energy and attention we spend adorning the outer rather than the inner. I know that I am in need of this reminder on a constant basis as God has to continue to show me the value he places on me as his child and not as a woman adorned in costly apparel or with a beautiful external appearance. I pray this may also remind you this week that you are made beautiful in the image of God, without any external adorning and be encouraged to spend your time, effort and resources on adorning the heart.