Sunday, September 15, 2019

Don't Judge By Appearance

While grocery shopping with her father, Janet picked up the last can of peaches on the shelf. She noticed the can was slightly dented, so she put it back. "Why'd you put it back?" her father asked.
"Because the can has a dent in it." "The container doesn’t look good, but the peaches inside are fine," he said. "Don’t judge what’s on the inside by how the outside appears."

God sent Samuel to select the next king from the sons of Jesse the Bethlehemite (1 Sam. 16:1-13). When Samuel saw Eliab he thought, “Surely this is the man God has chosen.” Then God spoke to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of this stature…for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (16:7).

Jesse made all seven sons pass before Samuel and each time God said, “This isn’t the one.” I’m sure Samuel scratched his head and thought, “Something’s wrong. There must be another son who isn’t here.” Jesse told him the youngest one, David, was tending sheep. At the time, David was a young person and probably didn’t look like a king, but he was the one God chose to rule Israel.

The lesson is clear—don’t judge others based on outward appearance. On the outside, the person might look like a dented can, but Jesus sees someone worth dying for. In God's eyes, the homeless person lying in the gutter is just as valuable as the most admired movie star.

Paul said, “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer” (2 Cor. 5:16). The real person lives on the inside. But you must look past the skin to see it.

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