How often do we judge people by the “scale of hotness”? How often do we go around and think, “they are really hot!” or “They are SO not hot!” and that is how we look at people. I know a girl who, when I bring up any guy that she doesn’t know, asks if he is hot. We often look at people’s outward appearances. I have found myself guilty of that many times. I often find myself judging people before I even meet them and being too focused on if I look ok.
Why do we judge people on looks? Well it is a part of our sinful nature. Satan whispers lies that some people are better than others because they look better. What does God have to say about this? Well I will tell you a story that most of you already know. The story of David in 1 Samuel 16.
The king Saul had rebelled against God and so the had left him (1 Samuel 16:14). So God told the prophet Samuel to go to Bethlehem to the family of Jesse to anoint the next king. Now when Samuel met Jesse and his sons he got to meet Eliab first. (He was probably the oldest.) Samuel thought when he saw Eliab that is was for sure the one God had in mind for the King of Israel. But then the Lord said, “Do not look at his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (verse 7) The son that God had chosen to be the next king of Israel was, of course, David. The youngest of the boys.
God didn’t choose the most popular person, or the person who was the right age, but the person that had a heart for him. These are the character qualities that David is described to have (1 Samuel 16:18), Valor (strength), a man of war (bravery), prudent (careful) in speech, and a man of good presence. That is just the resume from some servants at Saul’s palace.
Look at verse 7 again. “Do not look at his appearance… for the Lord has rejected him.” We are to not look at a person’s looks if they are rejected by God. Especially guys. If God has rejected them, if they are not the man God has chosen for us, then we should not dwell on them or want them as a boyfriend, ext.. That would be wrong.
Look at the second part of this verse, “For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” This means that God does not judge based on what our bodies look like but on what our hearts look like. For some of us, that might be a problem.
We put so much time into worrying about if we look good on the outside rather than on the inside. I am guilty of it too. So this is my challenge for you (and me), “Instead of looking in the mirror, look in the heart. Instead of primping, pray. Instead of worrying about if we measure up to what this world expects of us, worry about if we are measuring up to what GOD expects from us.”
I also want to share another portion of scripture, 1 Peter 3:3,4 “Do not let your adorning be external, the braiding of hair, the wearing of gold [jewelry], or the putting on of clothing, but let your adorning be the of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is God’s sight is very precious.” Let us have our beauty be the beauty of our heart and our character.
Beauty is not something we can accomplish on our own though. And beauty is not something we were born with. Remember that we were born in filth and sin, not beauty. It is only through the grace of God that we can be beautiful.
So remember, that because God looks at the heart and not our outward appearance, we should do the same. For as Christians we are “little Christs”. We are to strive to be like Jesus, to be holy and sanctified. May God bless you.