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” 1 Samuel 16:7 ESV
I was driving to work this morning, it was raining and foggy. Because my sight was diminished, I slowed down. As the fog increased in thickness, I noticed that the other commuters we still flying past me. It made me nervous and I was very put off that they were continuing to go fast. Could they not see the fog? As I left the long stretch of dark highway to the lighted lanes going into the city, I noticed the fog wasn’t outside the car it was my windshield. I turned on defrost and the window quickly cleared.
Boy, did I feel silly, however we all do it every day. Not in our cars but rather by what lens we choose to look out. We are all different and have been subjected to many different experiences. We have seen, participated or been victim to prejudice and stereotyping. We all have opinions and preconceived ideas and thoughts about certain people, races and religions. It is human nature. But as Christians, true Christ followers, we need to reject those lenses and focus on the lens that Jesus uses when he looks at us. Jesus does not look at the hairstyle, the color of the skin, the language or culture of a people, he looks at the individual heart. Do not allow yourself to be distracted by skewed lenses, rather learn to look at one another with Jesus’ lens.
Typist for Jesus