In the past I had a hard time seeing a connection between the great commission and fashion; to me they seemed two completely different things. Lately God’s been showing me how fashion can be one of the best tools to making a statement in the world for Christ and for opening up gospel conversations. Here are four key ways God has been showing me how to use fashion and the great commission together!
1. Buy cute jewelry and purses!
Yes you can buy jewelry and pack around a cute purse while doing the great commission! Light Gives Heat is a non-profit Christian organization based in Grand Junction, Colorado. Light Gives Heat provides income opportunities to over 90 Ugandan women who before could not find work to provide for their families. One thing I really love about this organization is when you buy their jewelry it comes in a box with a picture and short description of the woman who spent tedious hours making your necklace or earrings. You could even use that picture to remember to pray for that woman and her family too. Here is their website so you can browse through their items!
2. Share the gospel with your hairstylist!
If your hairstylist is not a Christian you have such an amazing opportunity to share your testimony and the gospel! Hairstylists are opened to listing to you since you will be there for at least thirty minutes. Take the initiative right away and start the conversation. Here are a few helpful questions that will get the conversation started: Have you ever heard my story of how God changed my life? Can I share one thing I’ve found most important to me? What has been your experience with Christianity? What do you think about Jesus? Those are just a few examples but I hope you find the time to try them out on your hairstylist and see where the conversation goes. The best part of this conversation is it can continue at your next hair appointment!
3. Be courteous when you go shopping!
In college I worked at Target. I loved working there because of all the cute clothes and shoes that I could get on my work discount but the thing that I dreaded the most were the inconsiderate shoppers. Working retail is no easy job. You are on your feet the entire day. You spend hours neatly folding clothes and in one second some lady comes through unfolds about twenty shirts throws them down walks away and you have to spend another hour re-folding the same shirts. Imagine what kind of witness for Christ you could be if you were considerate when you unfolded clothes by refolding them again, or turning and thanking the worker for all their hard work and acknowledge them by asking “how have you been today, has it been a tough day for you, is there anyway I can be praying for you today?” This might lead into a longer conversation or it may just end up a short conversation but the impression you made to that retail worker will last a lot longer than that and it will show them God’s kindness and love through you.
4. Make a statement with your clothes!
Kylie Bisutti’s new clothing line God Inspired Fashion is a great place to look for cute clothes and accessories with scripture verses embroidered on them for you, your kids, and there’s even stuff for the men in your life too!
However it’s also inspiring to hear what Kylie did, or rather what she gave up and why, before starting this very stylish Christian clothing brand. Kylie Bisutti’s won the Victoria's Secret Angel Search in 2009, when she was 19 and newly married, this win came with a multimillion-dollar contract as a lingerie model with Victoria Secret. She soon began to see that she was not honoring God or her husband as her job asked her to flirt down the Victoria Secret runway and pose provocatively for their ads wearing nothing but lingerie.
In 2012 she gave up her multimillion-dollar contract for her relationship with her husband, and more importantly her relationship with Christ! It’s inspiring seeing a young woman who desires her relationship with God more than a Victoria Secret Modeling contract and millions of dollars, and inspiring to see that she is now using her love for God and fashion together for the great commission. Here is the website for God Inspired Fashion if you want to check it out, you can even e-mail prayer requests to the prayer team of God Inspired Fashion and they will pray for you!
As you can see fashion is a valuable tool that can be used in many different ways in the great commission, and it doesn’t have to stop with the four key ideas I shared. The possibilities are endless! Even wearing modest clothes can make a statement and start a conversation with friends as to why you dress they way that you do. My prayer for you is that God would show you how he wants you to use your fashion for Him and that you would make Him look fabulous to this world!
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Hope McCleary graduated from Mesa State College with a degree in Mass Communications. After graduating she spent two years working in local news at KKCO 11 News in Grand Junction, Co. She decided to give up her career in the media to share the message of Christ full-time. She joined full-time staff with Master Plan Ministries the summer of 2012 and got married to Forrest McCleary in September of 2012. Through her own personal ups and downs in college Hope has a heart for college women understand their worth as God’s daughters, to see them grow in their faith, to grow in the unique gifts God has given them, and to stand firm in their faith even with the pressures of the world all around them. Hope’s interests include world and local missions, photography, singing, playing guitar and writing music, reading, meeting new people, coffee, and hiking.
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