When have you been judged unfairly because of your external appearance? So many people look at our physical beauty, height, or even eloquence to evaluate us and our worth. Many of us have been overlooked or mistreated because of our appearance.
So think of one or two people who know you on the inside. Who in your life values you for who you really are?
We can be tempted to think that Christianity or religion are all about image -- whether that means dressing up our best on Sunday mornings for church, or saying the right words and putting on our best face with other people. But God says what matters most is what you do in private, when nobody is looking. He knows our thoughts and sees our motives, which others don't see.
This could be a scary thought, except that God loves and accepts us no matter how bad we are on the inside. If we simply accept his love in a relationship with him, God promises to transform our lives from the inside out. It's like Jesus promised: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God." Purity of heart doesn't mean being perfect, but sincerely and wholeheartedly dedicating our hearts to Jesus.
Heart over Appearance
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.
Do not judge by appearances; a rich heart may be under a poor coat.
How does this fit into the bigger picture? What might this mean for my life?