It is important to periodically check your thinking with the Word of God to reset to God’s Truth instead of the culture around you. The passage that reset my perspective this week was 1 Peter 3.
“Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.”1 Peter 3:3-6
3—Stop valuing corruptible things so highly.
Corruptible things: beauty (Prov 31:30), physical fitness (1 Tim. 4:8), fashionable attire (1 Tim 2:9-10.) Now, we generally believe that our minds are not preoccupied with corruptible things. But in reality, examine the paths your thoughts constantly travel throughout the day and week. Do you find yourself often drifting to how others
4—The “put off/put on” formula is presented here.
Put off the attention to corruptible things and put on attention to incorruptible. God places zero importance on physical appearance, except as it pertains to His glory. That which God values cannot be seen—thoughts, decisions, and feelings. In focusing on aligning those with God’s reality, His commands and desires, you am paying attention to that which is of great price to Him.
5—Trust in God precedes meekness and submission.
Meekness is a fruit of the Spirit, so by seeking to walk in the Spirit, you will start to build up the hidden man.
6—This verse flies in the face of today’s culture.
How easy it is to buy into the 50/50 philosophy of running a home that is so prevalent today. God’s design so clearly indicates that the wife is to be in submission, not of equal authority. Remember, this takes trust in God, that His design is perfect and will yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness and unity in the home (vs 7.)
So, check your thinking! Do you find valuable mind real estate being devoted to corruptible things? Ask the Spirit to start showing you when this happens (reality check: He probably already does, you just may not be paying enough attention to His quiet voice) and to give you the strength to overcome your thoughts and desires. Finally, whether married or not, seek to cultivate a trust in God’s Truth that results in meekness and submission.