The below link will safely take you to a video of when a 7th grade writing class at Queen Creek Middle School presented poems for their end of year assignment, one student stood out with a powerful message…
But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 MSG)
Believers, we know God looks at things completely different than this world, society, does but living in this world we feel the tug & pressures society tries to demand of us.
We need to go back to God’s Word in order to reinforce who God is and what He is really like in contrast to the world’s power & persuasions.
GOD values things entirely opposite when compared with what we humans consider successful.
As we fall in love with Him we realize how great His love is and we find treasures in what mankind can not see with their eyes.
Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look.
We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore.
Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new.
The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!
Look at it!
All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.
God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins.
God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing.
We’re Christ’s representatives.
God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them.
We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. (2 Corinthians 5:16-20 MSG)
God tells us,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord .
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:8-11 NIV)
Unlike society, God’s love is unconditional.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT)
So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For he will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due. (1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT)
The Word of God explains,
for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. (1 Corinthians 11:19 ESV)
As we love as God loves we won’t stick out like a sore thumb, but rather, we will stand out because we are one of the only fingers operating correctly sharing God’s healing touch with those that are bruised & battered.
The apostle Paul cried out to God when he felt the pressures of this life & hindered. He called out time, after time, after time and
Each time He (God) said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I (Paul) am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT)
We may try to assign labels as to who is important and who isn’t but God gives true value.
On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; (1 Corinthians 12:22 NASB)
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:9 NLT)
May we as believers show the world how gracious God is by being gracious ourselves toward others.
He loves you and others just the way you are.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV)
In Christ, Beetle
A few years ago I came across a few young people, particularly young ladies but also a few boys who felt like they just didn’t measure up to the standards of their peers.
I compiled a list of videos that help them see their beauty & how much God values them.
Here is that playlist: