But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him.”
1 Samuel 16:7
Reason #17,988 of why I love the Lord is because it’s not how you look or how you measure up on the outside, but your condition on the inside. Looks can be and oftentimes are deceiving. We are sometimes fixated on what we think looks like God, or what we think God is looking for. What does a sinner look like? What does a Christian look like? The answer to both questions may be a surprise to some, however, the answer is the same. The answer comes as if out of an Outkast song, “Me and you, your mama and your cousin too!” God doesn’t look at your physical appearance, He looks at the spiritual condition of your heart.
While some of us may profess to possessing the knowledge of this our actions prove something different. Let us not forget that the Bible says in Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousness are like filthy rags”. No one is better than the next. As a matter of fact, if it had not been for grace and mercy and the Lord on our side, it could and should have been the other way.
The difference is that we had a yes. Your yes stands out more than your looks and your stature.
God doesn’t hold gold teeth, tattoos, dreads, or what man sees against you because He’s busy looking at your heart. If God used a donkey and a burning bush, why can’t he use someone the world, and even some in the church look at as a nobody? Someone who has flaws? God chooses the foolish things of the world to put shame to the wise.
God is calling a multitude of people who don’t exactly look like the traditional worshipper. He is calling people out of homosexuality. He is calling people out of drug abuse. He is calling people out of promiscuity. He is calling people out of alcoholism. He is calling people out of pornography. He is calling people out of the stripclub.
God is calling out all these people and preparing a place where He can deliver, change, and heal them. God is also calling some of us out as well, because we don’t have the heart to accept them. We don’t have to accept the sin, but there is a soul attached that we must help. Just because we don’t look like what we have been through, it doesn’t mean that we hold it against someone else.
If the church is to function as a hospital, we are the spiritual equivalent of the health care worker looking to save the life of every person in need of help. Medical personnel don’t refuse to help people because of their appearance or stature. They have a code of conduct, and the Bible is ours. Be blessed and be encouraged!