It Is Not In The Packaging; It Is In The Heart.

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1st Samuel 16:7

2015 Frieda P. Smith

Most of our decisions are filtered through our senses, primarily our eyes. It is for this reason that manufacturers make sure their goods are attractively packaged.

In like manner, when we are trying to impress someone, we do not solely rely upon our superior intellect or our supernatural anointing; we make it our business to present ourselves in an attractive-looking fashion.

My friends, there is nothing wrong with looking your best. During my recent season of affliction, doctor after doctor have commented how in spite of my medical condition, I look wonderful. I replied to each of them, “My mother always said: ‘Just because you feel bad doesn’t mean you have to look bad’!”

However, our problem is we invest too much in the outer appearance.

In our text in 1st Samuel 16 that serves as the foundation of this inspirational message, God sent Samuel to Jesse’s house to select one of his sons as the new king over Israel. Jesse’s sons apparently bore the appearance of men who could be king, so Samuel became excited.  However, in verse 7, the Lord told Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

We like things that look good.  When we go to the grocery store, we do not buy rotten fruit or veggies.  We do not purchase spoiled meat, sour milk, or molded bread.

When was the last time you saw a bride walking down the aisle with a dirty, wrinkled dress on with wilted flowers in her hands?

To us, packaging is important!

Yet, people of God, satan is the chief deceiver. The Apostle Paul wrote these words in 2nd Corinthians 11:14, “For no wonder! For satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

What is my point? Here it is…it is not in the packaging…it is in the heart!

Can we keep it real? How many times have we met someone who looked good but turned out to be the exact opposite? Can we count the times we celebrated being hired for a new position, only to discover weeks later that our new supervisor who was smiling during the interview lost the smile the moment we started working?

My friends, there are people around us every day—some right under our nose—who do not possess attractive “packaging”, yet are the kindest, most wonderful people you will ever meet. They may not ever be chosen for a “best dressed” or “best looking” contest, but if you are in need of a best friend or best companion, look no further.

There are so many people–maybe even you–who are being overlooked because of “packaging” that the world deems unattractive.  However, it is my prayer on this day that the people of God will be delivered from a spirit of deception, and hear the Lord speak to us as He spoke to Samuel as recorded in 1 Samuel 16:7, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

It is not in the packaging…it is in the heart.

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