Monday, April 28, 2014

Pastor's Ponderings, April 28, 2014

Looks Can Be Deceiving

“It is better to look good than to feel good,” said Billy Crystal's Saturday Night Live character. Are we more concerned about how we appear to be rather than how we really are inside? 

Recently I was somewhat distracted in my car and almost hit a pedestrian.  He was visibly upset and slapped my car.  I apologized but when I drove away, I thought about another response I could have made.  I could have jumped out of my car and started a scene. But immediately the thought came to me that someone on that busy street might have called out to me and said, “Hello, Pastor Fair,” right in the middle of the confrontation.  The thought that made me repent later was, “Was I more concerned about how I looked than how I was?” 

The prophet Samuel was sent to anoint King David and focused on the external looks of the candidates but God spoke to him and said that He looks on people’s hearts (1 Samuel 16:7).  Jesus followed up in the New Testament and said some people are like beautiful gravestones but house dead men’s bones (Matthew 23:27).

We do not want to just look like people of God.  We want to be people of God on the inside and outside. Let us strive to make sure that we are representing Christ on the outside and allow Him to create something beautiful on the inside (Psalms 51:10). Since God lives within, He can help us deny ourselves and fight our flesh (Galatians 2:20, 1 John 4:4).

Please comment below and tell how you decided to let Christ live through you so that the Christ inside was evident in your actions outside. It may help someone who is struggling with his or her walk with Him.

1 Samuel 16:7
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7 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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Matthew 23:27
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27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.

Psalm 51:10
New International Version (NIV)
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Galatians 2:20
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20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

1 John 4:4
New International Version (NIV)
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

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