"But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
We live in a world where external body appearance is prized. Today there are even beauty pageants for children! People expend enormous amount of energy and time at the gym…toning up their body and working to get 6-pack abs. People purchase the latest anti-aging product that’s on the market in an effort to “look good.” Our culture is infatuated with clothes, shoes, purses and jewelry. Our society places a high value on accessories. People are visual and have become obsessed with the outward appearance. And when we let others’ expectations drive us and set the tone for the desire to “look good”, we will become exhausted and scattered.
We need to recognize that outward appearance addictions to "looking good" have a root cause of self-rejection. All addictions stem from a need to be loved and self-rejection will perpetuate this need to “look good.”
The enemy wants to captivate your thoughts and persuade you to reject who you are inside. The enemy wants you to hate yourself, to entertain thoughts of guilt and fear, thereby feeling rejected and abandoned. This rejection will rob you of your true identity and you will never be content with yourself. The feel-good chemical in your body, known as serotonin, will become depleted and you will have an overwhelming need to be "fixed". So, many people go work out and buy new clothes, new shoes, and get dressed up to fix how they think they should look, and those things provide a temporary chemical "high" that says I belong, I’m okay, and that I am accepted.
While there is nothing wrong with working out, getting dressed up, looking nice or buying new things, God really wants us to spend even more time developing our inner beauty and character. God wants us to “look good” from the inside out. God looks at the heart of people, by faith and character, not appearance. While everyone can see your body and face, only God and you know what your heart really looks like. Outward appearance doesn’t reveal what people are really like, or what their values are in life. God wants us to know His love in such a deep way, that we can carry ourselves with the identity that we are sons and daughters of the King Most High, and we are loved, accepted and safe because He says we are His children.
What steps are you taking to “look good” on the inside?
Today as you are getting ready for your day, remember to "dress up" on the inside. Remember that God delights in you, rejoices over you, and loves you more than you could ever comprehend! God’s love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me!
Posted on Tue, July 30, 2013
by Sam Petitfils