Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Silver Haired Socialite

Once while I was in New York City I happened to walk by this woman who I could easily assume she was some kind of heiress or socialite. Her hair was perfectly styled and cut. It was the prettiest shade of grayish silver. Somehow she’d managed to find a fur coat that was the exact shade of her hair. She wore it with a grace as she walked down Broadway. But she didn’t stop there. Her high heeled designer shoes were the exact same color as the coat and her hair, and if that wasn’t enough the dog she was walking was the exact same shade of silver. I couldn’t help but take a moment to look at her. I had to wonder did she go to get that dog on purpose to be the exact shade or was his hair dyed to match. It was an impressive sight walking down New York City for this country girl. On the outside she seemed every bit of a classy woman. This incident was probably 14 years ago, and it’s weird to me that I still remember it.

We are a society that looks towards the outside. We assume just because someone looks well put together then they must be on the inside. We worship beauty, fashion, and style and make our assumptions all the time in our minds. While yes, it is important to look nice, and put your best foot forward you have to remember while society may do that God looks on the inside.

MATTHEW 33: 25-27 (KJV)

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. 27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

I don’t know where that silver haired socialite was with God. But the thing is, it doesn’t matter how well put together she looked, God knows what is behind all of that, and He sees her heart. We have to try to remember that in our lives. We have to try to remember that just because a man wears a suit and tie doesn’t mean that underneath all of that pompous business attitude there may be a man that desperately needs a touch from God. We have to remember the cashier who always seems frazzled at the supermarket may just need a word from the Lord. We are to be God’s hands and feet upon the earth. We have to remember that it’s not just about what’s on the outside. We have to discern what God is saying and not just what we see on the outside. God has a way of pushing back the smokescreens, and allowing His truth to be revealed.

God does have awesome plans for your life. Get excited.

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