This is an interesting devotion that was for Sunday. It almost reminds me bit what we're learning in bible study, who we are in Christ. We often are worried about what the people see and what they think of us. That is my struggle and irratates me, some people either don't see my heart or chooses not to see even if they know God is convicting them to. People judge me from the outside, and under estimate me. I can't do everything and there are some things I know I'm not good at, but when I have a burning passion for something I want to try and do better and do the best I can do even if it comes with afew challenges, like being brave enough to come out of my shell at times!! I think we all can relate at times as its a common thing that society dose. We may not always see that when we're younger vs. when we're older.
God judges and sees our heart! Sometimes it can be scary when we are in trouble, but at the same time I'm thankful He dose look at the heart and not the outside of a person, because to me I'm not much to look at, or the best at speaking, or the richest, smartest, or perfect at things how people want me to be.
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
One of the most dramatic stories of the love of Jesus conquering prejudice and human desperation is found in John 4:4-26 and is often referred to as the story of the woman at the well.
To understand the magnitude of Christs gesture when He reached out to the Samaritan woman, you first must try to understand the depth of the hatred and prejudice between the Jews and Samaritans.
Orthodox Jews felt revulsion at the way Samaritans mixed Jewish beliefs and idolatry. When Jesus set out to walk from Jerusalem to Galilee, His detractors would say He should not have taken the two-and-a-half day route. Instead, most Jews would have taken a five-day detour in the scorching desert to avoid contact with Samaritans.
But Jesus defied the expectations of others and traveled right into the heart of Samaria. Upon arrival, He stopped and rested at a well, clearly not avoiding the Samaritans. Though tired from His journey, He waited.
The woman at the well was hated and degraded on many levelsby her birth as a Samaritan, by her gender that was considered inferior in that day, and by her infamous immorality. Yet this is the person the Christ, the Son of God, waited for expectantly.
We cannot fathom how shocking it was for Jesus to say to this fallen woman, Will you give me a drink? Not only did Jesus defy tradition by speaking directly to a woman, this woman was shunned by society.
You may have neighbors or co-workers who have different values or different cultural backgrounds from yours. They need the Good News that Jesus loved them enough to give His life for them. The Lord has placed you at a well in your community so you can meet people who need to know the salvation message.
Prayer: Father, help me to have a desire to share your love with everyone, no matter what their cultural background. Open my eyes to see those you have placed in my community who need to hear the Gospel. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
This is a remix song of The song Be Sombody by Thousand Foot Krutch. If your not into remixs can always look up the non-remixed one. It's not remixed by much, just a change in beat in this one, but the words are the same for the most part.
Great thoughts girl. It's also interesting that you don't feel "good enough" when you're younger. I think that if a person is walking with the Lord – he/she will never feel "good enough". I think those that feel they are totally "Worth It" are either lying, arrogant, or delusional.
Even Paul said in the New Testament that he was the "chief of sinners". He was totally not worth, but Christ used him and He can use each of us if we let him.
Just my $0.02
thx, for sure. Theres a balance thats needed, if we think we're totally awesome all the time like you said it can go to person'shead and can develop a sence of pride. On the other hand I'm sure God dosn't want us to be like door mats either and have a pitty party too. I think finding that balance can be challenging at times.
thx for your thoughts and $0.02 you share. Glad it's encouraging to read! 🙂 Thx for being an inspiration and mentor in my life! 🙂
I agree that we are not to be door mats for sure. Absolutely! We need to be humble = power and dignity to do what is right without expecting praise. If we are humble, the God will lift us up.