God never looks at the outward appearance. He looks beyond what normal eyes can see to search deep into the depth of a person’s heart. And aren’t we glad? Or… are we? But God also sees what may be there even if it has yet to fully blossom and develop. God sees spiritual potential before we even know He’s checking us out.
I’m not much to look at but God sees something in me. I can spend hours explaining how imperfect my heart, soul and mind are but that’s really a waste of breath. And God will have none of it. He’s too busy searching my inside appearance, looking for anything He might be able to work with. And somehow. . . He always seems to come away with something useful!
What a great gift to accept and embrace this Truth: that He sees qualities in me which merit His love and enduring patience to keep pushing and encouraging me forward into His Will. When I walk in that I walk in strength. I no longer need to be approved or validated by man – the only validation that I need I’ve already received through the cross of Christ, my Lord. So how am I leveraging His validation? Am I squandering it with my own self pity and selfishness or am I using it as best I can to help others come to realize and embrace that they, too, can be validated and redeemed through the cross of Jesus Christ? There is much more we are capable of but it begins with an understanding that Jesus Christ sees qualities we hold, great qualities which He desires to use to accomplish great things.
Peace, Sean Gutteridge
1 Samuel 16:6-7
6 When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before him.”
7 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.”