1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
It is quite revealing to compare how much time, effort and money we spend on our outward appearance versus our heart (inward appearance). Think of how much is spent each day on preparing clothes, hair, skin, diet and physique. So much time, so much effort, so much money spent just to look good enough for those around us. How does it compare to the time and effort spent in preparing our hearts for God?
If I must have at least fifteen (15) minutes to prepare myself to go to work each day, how much time do I need to prepare my heart to serve God each day?
If I need a few hours each month to shop for clothes and toiletries how much time do I need to set aside to acquire the fruit of the Spirit?
If I workout at the gym for three hours per week, how much will I spend working the works of God?
If I need a special diet to stay healthy physically, what about preparing a special (spiritual) diet to stay healthy spiritually?
If I try to avoid fatty and sugary foods which are bad for my physical heart, will I avoid books/magazines and movies/television that are bad for my spiritual heart?
There is nothing wrong with looking good, physically. And neglecting one’s body is not necessarily a sign/proof of righteousness or a means to salvation. However, physical appearance does not matter to God, except that it reflects the condition of the heart (Joel 2:13). God wants us to spend less time looking in the mirror of the bathroom/hallway/purse and more time looking in the mirror of His Word so that we can see our true heart condition and ask Him to cleanse our hearts so that our hearts will be beautiful to Him (James 1:23-25).
- God doesn’t care about the form of our statures; He cares whether we are conforming to the Spiritual stature of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:13).
- It’s not the cleanliness of our skin that matters; it’s the cleanliness of our hearts (Matthew 15:1-11).
- It’s not the fashionableness of our clothes that matters; it’s whether we are clothed in righteousness (Job 29:14, Psalm 132:9, Matthew 6:28-34).
- It’s not the stylishness of our shoes that matters, it’s the direction of our steps (Psalm 119:133).
- It’s not whether or not we eat fast food that matters; it’s whether or not we eat spiritual food (Job 23:12, Jeremiah 15:16).
- It’s not our muscle to fat ratio that matters; it’s our obedience to disobedience ratio (1 Samuel 15:22-23).
- It’s not the beauty of our faces that matters; it’s the beauty of our hearts (Jeremiah 17:10).
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. ~1 Corinthians 9:24-25