1 Samuel 16: 7 teaches us that 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.”
Being human in nature, and in living by our flesh, we do tend to judge people based on their status quo. We sometimes measure them by their importance in life, how many “likes” or “follows” they may have, or maybe by the position they carry: doctor, lawyer, etc.
Do we consider often enough, just helping someone for the sake of helping? Or what about loving someone for the sake of loving?
Jesus makes it possible for us to know our heavenly Father, and regardless of where we are in life, God offers us this greater intimacy with Him.
A Place of Renewal
I believe that the Lord has shown me there are many who are learning to “build it,” trying to do so with their own hands.
There are laborers, there are architects, there are plans being put in place, as the visionaries speak of the visions He is giving them. He is calling us to a place of renewal: new beginnings, new thinking, and in some cases, new land.
It is a removal of the old things; a cleansing; a renovation process taking place. In my life, it has been a purging of sorts.
To Come As You Are
We are all at a different place in our walk with the Lord. I do not want to miss the opportunity to help someone in need, or to be a friend in a situation where the Lord has allowed me.
Luke 15: 4 says, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?”
It is true, as we lead our lives as followers of Christ, together, we can help draw souls more near to Him.
Sheep need four things to rest:
- Freedom from fear
- Freedom from conflict within the flock
- Freedom from hunger
- Freedom from thirst
This really makes it clear, as to why we “as humans,” also need our Shepherd. Because it is this time with the Lord that will help restore our soul, bringing us closer to Him.
Psalm 23:3 says, “He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His name.” — In Christ, we work; but, as we quickly learn, there are limits to our own labors.
To Have True Peace
Being among others who do not always see eye to eye with us, can be a challenge; but, it should never hindrance us from loving them, just the same.
Let us not be so focused on our earthly life that we forget the life He has set before us, and for all eternity. True peace and joy will be ours, when we truly surrender our lives to Him.
We are His precious children; so, let us come together in faith, like little children. To be transformed into His image from one degree of glory to another, should be our hope and prayer.