All that glitters isn’t gold. Why is it, that as a society, we are so easily impressed by the shiny things of life? We truly live in a material world. We are so impressed by materialism, or a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters. Sadly, this train of thought very often spills over into our relationships with others. “The idiom, don’t judge a book by its cover, is a well known metaphorical phrase which means you shouldn’t prejudge the worth or value of something or someone, by the outward appearance alone.” Are first impressions truly lasting impressions? Are first impressions always the correct impressions? Does our past determine our destiny? What about social status, wealth, impeccable dress, or good looks? Have you ever been on the receiving end of being judged wrongly, because of appearances only? The irony of this is, many who are quick to judge others, have “live bodies”, not skeletons, in their closets. Let’s look into the Scriptures.
Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:2-4) When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:6-7)
God is not a respecter of persons, and He forbids us to be. God does not show partiality or favoritism to anyone with respect to their appearance, their past, their social status or wealth. Regardless of our outward appearances, our worldly possessions, or our gifts and talents, we were all born sinners, and in need of a Savior! Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. Not that which was rich, or that which was poor. All unrighteousness is sin. All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. We all stand guilty before a holy God, and in need of His loving kindness, His tender mercy, His forgiveness, and His saving grace through Christ Jesus! James 2:1 says, My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism. Yet, what is supposed in James 2 occurs in sanctuaries on a daily basis. Both men would be in need of the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ. They would be on equal footing before God, like as we are. Let us not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. We are to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. We are to pray one for the other. “Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” When Saul was rejected by God as king of Israel, Samuel was given the task of anointing he who would become King. He was instructed to go to the house of Jesse. One by one, Jesse’s sons passed in front of Samuel. Looking upon the stature of the brothers Samuel thought, surely Eliab was the chosen one. However, God had other plans. The chosen son was David, the youngest son, a keeper of the sheep. He wasn’t muscular and tall. He was ruddy and handsome. From that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Many like David, have been chosen to be the “least likely to succeed.” However, God knows the plans He has for your life. As Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Whose report will you believe? I believe the report of the Lord, and what God has for you, it is for you! I read a quote that says, “Judging A Person Does Not Define Who They Are… It Defines Who You Are.” Remember, it’s what’s inside the book that counts, not the cover. Read the book. May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and everyday!
Thank you, Minister Paulette.
Excellent truths! ” read the book”!! It’s as simple as that yet we miss it ever so often 🙂 Thanks for the great start to my week. Mondays can be so demanding … I’m glad I stopped by. 🙂
Praying we will read the book and allow the plans He has for us to change us from the inside out! May we never be ashamed to stand before authority fully assured that He has cleansed our hearts. The past is past!
“It’s as simple as that yet we miss it ever so often.” Amen! Praying the Lord will allow us to discern His perfect will for our lives! Also, may we strive to be more and more like Him, everyday, and in every way! God bless you! Enjoy the remainder of the week! 🙂
AMEN Thank God He looks at the heart instead of man..
Hello Minister Desiray,
We do serve an awesome God! Thanks for stopping by today! God bless!
I can think of a few people who have not appealed to me at first meeting, but before long, I have seen the love of God in them radiate out of them to encompass all. Truly it is the heart that speaks.
May our hearts speak only of the love of God
I agree, that when our hearts speak, may they only speak of the love of Almighty God! Thank you so much for sharing that thought with us! God bless!
That is such a wonderful message Paulette! Not only are we wrongly judged by others but we wrongly judge ourselves as well. But we are who God says we are! Thank you for such a timely message to encourage us. Blessings to you! – Sebastian
Thank you! The enemy of our souls will always try to plant seeds of doubt, but yes, “we are who God says we are!” Thank you so much for stopping by, and for adding that message to the conversation! Your words are always so encouraging! May the Lord bless you richly!
We are so ingrained at looking at a persons actions to define them. Thanks Paulette for the reminder that God looks on our heart.
Amen, and amen! God bless you, my brother! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I loved this and what Ann loved too . . .”read the book”. 🙂 Thank you for the encouragement here and in His word, that says we are not what others say we are or even what we think ourselves to be . .. we are His and who He says we are. God bless you, praising Paulette, as you lead us to the Book and its Author today!
love and prayers!
Hi encouraging Debbie,
Thanks so much! We may not be all that God has called us to be as of yet, but we certainly are not who we used to be, by the grace of Almighty God! “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” God bless you! Love and prayers!
Beautiful! You spoke like the child of God you are. It is amazing how as children of God, we are often more concerned about our outward appearance than the condition of our hearts. But as you have rightly said; God looks at the heart. and He does not measure us by our appearance or by our possession but by our deeds.
Thanks for sharing a wonderful back to basics post Minister Paulette. May God bless you richly.
Thank you, and God bless you! Even as children of God, we are well groomed as it pertains to the outward appearance, but how often do we neglect the condition of our hearts? “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
What amazing post Paulette, I’m so glad he looks at the heart! God Bless You 🙂
I do hope all is well on your end!
Thank you so much. I’m glad God looks at the heart, as well! May the Lord bless you, and may He keep you in His loving care! I hope you are feeling well tonight! 🙂
This is a wonderful reminder, and the comments are great too–it’s about what’s in our hearts. Thank you, Paulette–so very much! God bless you abundantly today.
Thank you so much for stopping by! “May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Amen! May the Lord bless you richly!
Big thanks for sharing this. I have recently been thinking about which seminary school to attend. Last night my mother and I were talking about it. She told me “even though some of the schools have great name recognition let the holy spirit guide you in your choice.” What immediately came to mind was 1 Samuel 16:7
God bless you, Brandon! You have such a heart after God, and your steps are ordered by the Lord! I wish you the very best, as you pursue your purpose, and your destiny! May the Lord bless you richly! 🙂
When the heart is corrupt the life and conduct will be corrupt.
When the heart is clean the life will be clean and the fruit good (Mtt. 7:15-20)
if any man have ears to hear, let him hear. (Mark 7:16)
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. (Mark 7:21-23) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperatley wicked; Who can know it? Answer: The LORD God. (Jer 17:9,10)
Welcome! Thank you so much for sharing these Scriptures on this topic. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperatley wicked; Who can know it? Answer: The LORD God. (Jer 17:9,10)” Like David, we need to ask the Lord to, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.” Psalm 51:10-11
May God bless you! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Please visit again soon.