Paul gives specific instructions for women. This passage is a difficult one for many women to swallow. Many times it is misunderstood. Contemporary readers typically shut their ears to the truth in these words. It is important, whether you are a man or woman, to understand what Paul is referencing in these verses.
The reason for “women to be modest in their appearance,” is because women should “not draw attention to themselves.” The attention should always be God’s. This is why Paul is addressing the issue of women fixing their hair and wearing jewelry. It has to do with attention. We are never to do anything to draw attention away from Jesus Christ.
Paul notes that the attractive woman is one who does good things. When doing these good things, we shine the Light—we point to Christ. Remember friends, the world tells you to do what you can to get attention. However, in Kingdom life, we know He alone deserves all the honor, glory and praise. It doesn’t mean we cannot wear makeup or jewelry, that our clothing doesn’t matter. It means nothing can take His glory. Fix your eyes on Him and in everything you do, point to Him.
“And 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. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.” – 1 Timothy 2:9-10 [NLT]
It is so easy to get persuaded into things. So often we can see some stats or fancy rhetoric and things start to look attractive. Beguiling speech gets the best of us. We are charmed into believing things after a few minutes of conversation. There are moments when one minute we are holding tight to our beliefs and the next minute we are misled into standing for something else.
In the Letter to the Colossians, Paul addresses the false teachings that invaded the church at Colossae. A church that stood firm for years, a church founded on the firm foundation of Christ, was starting to drift toward these falsehoods. The Jews were trying to get circumcision, food rules and festivities to be followed, though they were not from the teachings of Christ. The Gnostics were sharing something totally different. People were picking and choosing a little of this and a little of that instead of sticking with Jesus.
Soon rather than it be said that Jesus is Lord, it became Jesus is a Lord—One of many, rather than the One. Jesus went from everything to something. How easy it is for us to be misled and persuaded. What can we do? Hold fast to Christ. Be sure His Word is your plumb line. With the Bible as your standard, you can stand against what is persuasive, attractive and charming. When you are fixed on Him, it is difficult to be misled. When you hold tight to the Truth, you are less likely to believe the lies.
I say this in order that no one may mislead and delude you by plausible and persuasive and attractive arguments and beguiling speech. – Colossians 2:4 [AMP]