Saturday, July 21, 2012

The heart of the matter...

I have a question for you, Christian sister: Do you look on the outward appearance or do you look at the heart?

In 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV) it says...

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.”

If we are to be like Christ, we are to have the eyes of God.  We are not to look on people as the world does.

God is not partial as men are:

For God shows no partiality. (Romans 2:11, ESV)

God calls rich men poor and poor men rich.  He turns our prejudices on their heads and tells us that the royalty are the oppressed and forgotten--the poor, the weak, the frail--those who have no advocate.

Sister, do you have the eyes of Christ?  If you're like me, you struggle to treat the least as if they were something.  You struggle to see beauty in brokenness.  You struggle to be content in squalor when there are riches to be enjoyed.

It is so important, then, to have the mind of Christ and to go low as He did, making Himself of no reputation but becoming the slave of all.  Can you imagine it?  He was and is God, and yet He came as a child in a manger--He slept His first sleep in a stable; imagine the smell!!

He went low in love.  He calls us to do the same.

We are nothing.  He is everything.  Let us give ourselves for others as He gave Himself for us!

Today I went to Forever 21 with friends.  We wanted to teach some younger girls about modest dress, but I have to admit it was a struggle for me.  So many pretty things.  Shopping malls are such a temptation to worldliness.  And they're designed that way.  They can be a snare, so I caution my sisters to be careful and aware.  Cherish Christ and walk closely with Him, denying the flesh and living in the Spirit.  Remember the body is more than clothes, and our Father in heaven knows all we need!  Be blessed!

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