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greater value than that of the believer sit-     God to flow freely within the early church.
ting next to me. The shortcoming of rely-        Do we desire to know more of this great
ing on my personal, scripturally-derived         grace of God in our assemblies? We must
convictions to answer this question is that      begin with modesty. Paul states, “I will
their power is diminished and misdirected        therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting
when I try to apply them to another. The         up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
weakness of following a tradition is that if     In like manner also, that women adorn
tradition is not linked with truth, it fades     themselves in modest apparel” (2Tim 2:8-
away with passing generations. The only          10).
guidance that can adequately and consis-
tently answer the questions of believers             Peter shares similar teaching when he
across the centuries and the globe is found      notes, “Whose adorning let it not be that
in the principles provided to us in the          outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of
Scriptures. So when it comes to our per-         wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
sonal dress, let us consider the principles of   But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in
modesty, identity, and liberty.                  that which is not corruptible, even the orna-
                                                 ment of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in
Modesty                                          the sight of God of great price. For after this
                                                 manner in the old time the holy women also,
    The gathering of the early church must       who trusted in God, adorned themselves,
have been something to behold. In Roman-         being in subjection unto their own hus-
dominated and Pharisaically-influenced           bands” (1Peter 3:3-5). Plainly stated, our
Jeru­ s­ alem, laborers and lords, servants and  purpose in the assembly is never to draw at-
scribes, fishermen and tax collectors all        tention to ourselves, but always to encourage
came together on the first day of the week       others to behold the Lord Jesus Christ.
to remember the Lord Jesus Christ. Dr.
Luke describes the attitude and atmo-                When we focus on each other, the flesh is
sphere of that day in the Acts: “And the         tempted to judge, to envy, and to be proud.
multitude of them that believed were of          “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provok-
one heart and of one soul: neither said any      ing one another, envying one another” (Gal
of them that ought of the things which he        5:26). When we behold the Savior, the be-
possessed was his own; but they had all          liever is provoked to spiritual service. “And
things common. And with great power              let us consider one another to provoke unto
gave the apostles witness of the resurrection    love and to good works: Not forsaking the
of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon      assembling of ourselves together, as the
them all” (Acts 4:32-33).                        manner of some is; but exhorting one an-
                                                 other: and so much the more, as ye see the
    My college professor brashly suggested       day approaching” (Heb 10:24-25). In the
that this is evidence of early communism,        assembly, there is no simpler way to display
but the spiritual mind understands that          the meekness of self than in the modesty of
what was at work was something far greater       our dress. Without saying a word, we pro-
than the failing theories of mankind. True       claim that we are seeking the grace of God
conversion was being lived out in vibrant        and not the glory of man when we wear
Christianity that touched every aspect of        modest clothing that is matched by meek
human life. In those days, there was mod-        hearts.
esty that allowed the grace of the Great

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