Our world has always judged people by their external appearances and influence rather than their character, personality, and heart. There’s a great example in th Bible in 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Samuel was a prophet to the nation of Israel and given the job of finding the man that God had chosen to replace Saul as king of Israel. God sent Samuel to the home of a man named Jesse who had several sons. Samuel assumed that God had chosen one of Jesse’s oldest sons as king but God told Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the LORD sees, for man sees what is visible, but the LORD sees the heart.”
Today’s society is no different as we see shallow, selfish people worshiped because of their perceived beauty or influence. I recently watched one of the most incredible examples of our tendency to judge based on appearances. A woman named Susan Boyle appeared on the showBritain’s Got Talent and gave a ovation worthy performance. Ms. Boyle is a 47 year old unemployed woman from a small community in Scotland. She volunteers at her church. She admits that she has never been married or kissed by a man. Her awkward mannerisms and frumpy appearance gave the audience the ticket to openly laugh at her when she shared her dreams of becoming a famous singer. Their laughter and cynicism quickly dissapeared as soon as Ms. Boyle opened her mouth to sing. The judges and audience alike were astounded by what they heard.
I teared up when I saw this because I was reminded that we all desire to be noticed and to be important. Our society’s bias against those of us who are plain, normal, or outright unacceptle to their standards has crushed many people’s dreams. The amazing thing is that God doesn’t judge by those standards! His Word says that He created us and that we are “remarkably and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).” God has a plan for each of us and it includes every one of our days (Psalme 139:16). His plans for us are to give us abundant life (John 10:10). He has given each of His children remarkable gifts and talents that can be used to glorify Him.
Look to God’s Word before you give up on yourself. You are His child and He delights in blessing you. He wants to use you to bring glory to Himself. Let’s pray that we can set our worth by what God thinks rather than what man thinks…
P.S. I also enjoyed Eric Corpus’ article on the performance. Read more here.