I was in the grocery store checkout line waiting to pay for my basket full of food when I glanced at the magazines above the register (something I don’t recommend) and saw a magazine cover with big, bold words that said “GET NAKED.”
The bluntness of that message was startling, so I paid for my groceries and left. But I haven’t forgotten those bright yellow letters screaming at everyone who walked by. Get naked. Those two words summarize so much of the culture’s messages we see and hear today.
- Show more skin.
- Use your body to get what you want.
- The tighter the clothes, the better.
- A revealing outfit gives you attention—and power.
- Women who flaunt their bodies get what we crave. What’s the harm in following their influence?
Those messages aren’t in alignment at all with God’s message for His followers, His precious, blood-bought children designed in His image (Gen. 1:27, 2:21–24). To understand why “getting naked” for the sake of drawing attention to ourselves isn’t God’s best for us, let’s take it back to the beginning.
Pre-Fall Eden: No Shame
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve lived and were naked. And there was no shame (Gen. 2:25).
They had possessed no instinct to cover up. They were innocent. Then Eve believed Satan’s lies, ate the forbidden fruit, offered some to Adam, who ate, and they both realized: We’re naked, and it’s embarrassing (Gen. 3).
They realized their vulnerability. For the first time in human history, shame was felt.
So they grabbed some fig leaves and tried to sew some kind of clothing. Then God came through the garden, and after a world-changing conversation, He did something incredible. He made clothes for the first man and woman from the skin of an animal (Gen. 3:21).
He covered Adam and Eve’s shame and nakedness and promised an ultimate covering of their guilt in the future. That ultimate covering came through the blood of Jesus on the cross, when He offered Himself as the covering for our shame and sin to wash away the stains of death.
But of course Satan is always trying to undermine the truth of Christ’s covering, so the culture has tried to twist something that is beautiful, sacred, and secret to now encourage us to flaunt our bodies. To “get naked” as a way to attract the attention we crave, as that magazine so directly put it.
Instead of going with the flow of culture, instead of shedding our clothing to bare our bodies for the world to see, let’s debunk those lies with these three truths about our bodies.
Truth #1: Your body is not a lure.
Your body wasn’t created to be a lure that you flaunt for every guy to see. (Our bodies are certainly created to be attractive—but for one man in the context of marriage!)
- Flaunting our bodies to attract guys and pull them into temptation and sin defies God’s Word. Proverbs 7 serves as a warning against snagging men with impure motives and impure methods.
- We’re not objects to be used. God designed women to be valued, honored, and cherished.
Do we really want to date or marry a guy who only loves us for our body and what he can get from us physically? If that’s the level of our relationship, the minute he decides our body isn’t what he’s looking for any more, he’ll move on to someone else’s body. Let’s determine that we’ll only enter a relationship with a guy who loves Jesus and values us for who we are, not what we can physically offer him!
We’re simply not made to flaunt what we’ve got for anyone and everyone. (Note that in marriage, flaunting is encouraged! Song of Solomon makes that very clear.) As women who want to honor God, let’s quit trying to attract men with our bodies—and let’s help men reach for a higher standard. One that values and respects women rather than objectifying them.
Truth #2: Your body isn’t really yours!
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body (1 Cor. 6:19–20).
What if we determined to glorify God in our bodies every morning with our wardrobe choices? Not to glorify our cleavage or our hips, but to bring glory to Jesus through our attitude, how we carry ourselves, and how we relate to others with kindness and grace.
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious (1 Peter 3:3–4).
Truth #3: You’re worth more than your body.
Our bodies do not determine our value, but if we start to believe they do, we’ll be miserable!
We’ll never be satisfied by flaunting what we’ve got, because we are created with a desire for satisfaction that can only be met by Jesus! So no matter how hard we try to gain satisfaction elsewhere, we can’t feel truly valued or loved apart from Christ (Ps. 107:9).
Culture urges us to go against God’s design by finding worth in our bodies. But what happens when your body isn’t enough? When your shape goes out of style? If we find our worth in our temporal bodies, we automatically set ourselves up for emptiness, unfulfillment, and never feeling quite good enough.
But if we seek God’s perspective, if we desire to cultivate hearts that honor and adore our Savior, that’s where we’ll discover contentment and fulfillment.
Let’s talk in the comments!
- Have you been tempted to find your worth in your body?
- What are your thoughts on the lies that the culture is telling us about our bodies?
From the LYWB Blog Team: If you’d like to dig in to more topics like this one, we highly recommend Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian!