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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

People Are Valuable To God

In summary of 1 Samuel 16:7 it says, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Bottom Line:
God does not look at people like we do.  People will judge others by outward appearances.  God doesn’t, He looks at the heart.

What this means to me:

God looks a mans heart.  He’s not concerned with the way we, humans tend to view others.  We look toward outward appearances and make judgements based on that.  We tend to think some people are more important than others.  But God looks inwardly at the heart, and in my case, my heart.  All life is sacred to God.  However, in our culture today, the women’s right to choose is a paramount issue that is hotly debated.  Couples who learn that their unborn children have birth defects, begin to consider terminating the pregnancy.  In reality, we all have defects, emotional handicaps (idea that we are not as smart, we have aches/pains and physical issues), and fears that we are not willing to tell others.  We all have problems.  The Bible says that God loves the weak, the infirm, the special needs person. We need them in our lives to learn unselfishness.  I must protect the sanctity of life whenever I can.  It reveals God’s purpose and shows God’s glory.  We are valuable, no matter who or what we are.  The genetic weaknesses that I have are all part of your SHAPE.  In this verse, the Bible says, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV).  God accepts responsibility, he has a bigger perspective than any human. He can see what I can’t see. And he loves each person he made for their potential to do the great things he has planned for us.  More importantly, God isn’t going to compare me with anybody else. However, he will compare me with my potential. I can’t be the best husband, father, manager and small group leader in the world. It can however be my goal to be the best I can possibly be given the talent, background, opportunities, and gifts that God gave me. That’s what he’ll evaluate me on.  In summary, I need to be the best I can, given how he has equipped me.  When I do, I can fulfil God’s purpose for me.  I also need to keep an eye on my selfishness and my natural tendency to judge others.  Everyone is important to God.  I need to look more toward what God sees in others and appreciate it.