You are always making yourself look good, but God sees what is in your heart. The things that most people think are important are worthless as far as God is concerned.
— Luke 16:15
Let’s accept the fact that most of us look on the outside appearance. Your first day of classes proves that. Your professors have tendencies to call those who look smart. But usually those who look smart are the ones who don’t know much. Your job interview also proves that. They say first impression lasts, and sometimes we base our first impressions on what our eyes see. My dad even once told me when I was in high school that I should really strive hard losing weight for people will always look at the outside appearance especially on job interviews in the future.
That really sounds unfair, right? Sometimes we get angry to those kind of people without even noticing we are also like that. Yes, we are all like that. The LORD even said that:
For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart- 1 Samuel 16:7
We wanted to look good, but no one is really good except God. There is no one righteous, not even one (Rom 3:10). And since no one is righteous, no one sees man the way God sees us.
Even Science taught us that how we see our hearts is not how God looks at it. You search for answers in Science and all you’ll get is that the heart only pumps blood. But in the eyes of the LORD, it is the most important part of us.
The world taught us to look best, but on the biblical perspective we are encouraged more to invest on building our character and not the superficial part. The bible never taught us to be so much concerned about fashion, cosmetics, and etc. It taught us to check our hearts and motives. It taught us to desire the Spirit and never pursue lust because they contradict each other.
We are encouraged to check our heart and the things it desires. We are expected to sing the way David longs for a pure heart:
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me. -Psalm 51:10
Our flesh will always desire the superficial, but the Spirit’s work is more on the inside before it radiates on the outside. The heart is even what God changes; from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).
Many of us spend more time trying to look good on Sundays. We forgot that it is not the first thing God looks at when we enter His presence. We even sometimes forget to ask God a pure heart before entering the church because we are too busy thinking what our church mates will say about our outfits.
Motives matter. Your heart matters. Very much. Because when your hearts are impure in the presence of God, your songs of praise are nothing but noise.
Let’s pursue God’s likeness. Let’s treasure the heart that He looks at. Checking our motives and desires should be a common plea in every prayer we lift up to God because only God can see it. And without accepting that our hearts are deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), God can never change it. It takes meekness to enter the presence of God.
Humble hearts that pleads for change is what glorifies God and not how thick the layer of make up you have in your face or how good the dress you are wearing on a Sunday.
The most vital thing is not how you see yourself in the mirror. It’s how God sees you in His own eyes.
People may be right in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their heart. — Proverbs 21:2
God bless you, reader!