So It Appears…

reverendWe all know that the world focuses on outward appearances. Everyday we feel the pressure to look good in every way we can, from our clothes to the way we talk to the people we hang out with.

God, on the other hand, focuses on something entirely different: our hearts. The world would like to tell you that appearance is everything, when, in reality, your appearance means nothing if your heart is in the wrong place.

Sometimes we think that our appearance might fool God. At the very least, we try to fool our parents, our friends, and our fellow Christians. We do our best to seem like a “good Christian”. We know all the answers at church. We offer to pray for friends and can quote Bible verses from memory. Even so, none of this matters if our relationship with God is in shambles. Your appearance isn’t going to fool Him.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

You can have everyone fooled. Everyone might think that you’re the “perfect” Christian, but you know better and so does God. You can hurt no one but yourself by faking your faith. You’re cheating yourself out of a relationship with God.

I think there’s a little bit of that fake Christian in all of us. At least, there’s a part of us that’s a bit too concerned with our appearance. Sometimes we think that, in order to become better Christians, we need to get more involved with the church or more outreaches or whatever, which are wonderful things! But becoming a better Christians means to become more like Christ, and that starts in your heart. That starts with your relationship with God. Appearances mean little. What man can see doesn’t mean much. But what God can see–what’s inside of us–means everything.

TTT

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