I hope this comes out the way I mean it... Here goes...
"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 s man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."
This verse is taken from I Samuel chapter 16 when the Lord sends Samuel to anoint the next king of Israel in Saul's stead. Samuel sees the sons of Jesse and thinks to himself, "This must be the one." God knows what Samuel is thinking and feeling as he goes through all the sons of Jesse, so he then explains something very important to Samuel. God does not accept or reject us based on our outward appearance. He looks on the inside. He knows who we are and what we look like on the interior of our being. With that said, he does not judge us because we are overweight. He will not shun us or sneer at us or cast ugly glances our direction as we are moving all our flab around, so that we can try to eliminate it. He loves us. He cares about us. He values our inner person, even when others may not.
There is, however, a flip side to this philosophy. While other people may say that we are okay the way we are and that we are doing our best, GOD knows the truth. God knows if we are "bowing down to food" in our hearts. He knows if we care more about gratifying our flesh (tastebuds) than pleasing him (by being a vessel fit for his use.) He knows the words that his Holy Spirit speaks to us in our hearts and if we are obeying or not. So, who are we trying to please? Some people may even be dropping the weight right and left, but with sinful intentions. So, the most important thing is making sure that our insides are right. If our inside is pleasing to our Heavenly Father, I propose, that eventually our outside will be pleasing as well. This brings me to my next point.
"Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him."
This is taken from chapter 16 a little further down, when a harp player is being sought after to calm Saul when the evil spirit is upon him. What I noticed from this verse is how people really do "check us out", especially those of us who call ourselves Christians. God does not judge us on our outward appearance, but many times people do. We see in this verse that David had earned a reputation based on the following:
1.) His family
2.) His place of origin
3.) His skills
4.) His character and demeanor
5.) His past experiences
6.) His behavior
7.) His personal appearance
8.) Whether or not he walked with God
Chances are, dearly beloved, we will also earn our reputation based on the same or similar items. People are watching. And whether we like it or not, they judge by what they see. What does this all mean to me?
#1. I need to constantly evaluate where I am on the inside, so that I can please my Heavenly Father.
#2. I need to constantly evaluate where I am on the outside, so that I can be the best possible witness for my Father.
#3. I need to confess and forsake my sins on a daily basis, so that the world can see the light of Christ reflected in my life.
Th..th..th...that's all folks! I hope something here encouraged you to do your best for all the right reasons.
Hugs and prayers for all!
today. GO, GO all the way!!!