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Judging Outward Appearances

Yesterday morning, I was in a bit of a rush, trying to get the kiddos to school and myself to work. Normally, I have a quiet time before I leave for the day, but due to circumstances beyond my control it didn’t happen. However, I knew that I needed to begin my day with Jesus through prayer and Bible reading, so I decided to gather up all the needed quiet time supplies and take them to work with me. Thankfully when I get to the church early, it is nice and quiet before the craziness begins (*smile*).

In my rush, I reached in under the kitchen sink, grabbed the first bag I could find, plopped the stuff in the bag and out the door I went. As I got to my office, I set the bag on the table and noticed what type of bag it was.

VS bag

I felt somewhat embarrassed that I had chosen this bag because the contents inside the bag did not at all match what the outside of the bag was advertising. In fact, if people were to see my bag, a Bible, 3×5 notecards with my memory verses and a prayer journal would be the last thing they would suspect as the contents.

contents of bag

items on table

As I was pulling the contents out of the bag to have some quiet time, I sensed God speaking to me that a lot of people are like that bag. Their outsides disguise what’s on their insides. Yet, how often do you and I make judgments about what must be on the inside, based on what we see on the outside?

I was immediately reminded of one of the Bible verses I memorized in my earliest teenage years, 1 Samuel 16:7:

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

According to this verse, it is part of the human condition to judge by outward appearances. But, aren’t you thankful that God doesn’t do that? He looks beyond the package into the contents of what’s inside. I want to be a person like that, don’t you?  But how?

  • One of the best ways to start is by praying that God will give you the eyes to see people the way He sees does.
  • When you are tempted to make a quick judgment about someone, stop and take a closer look. It will take some time to dig a little deeper, but often what you will find are some admirable qualities that are waiting to be discovered.
  • As you find the good in others, call it forth and do what you can to encourage it and help it grow.

The next time you want to judge someone by what you see on the inside, remember the Victoria’s Secret bag. Packages can be deceiving . . .

Your Friend in Ministry,