Set Your Minds On Things Above
The prophet Samuel was told to go to Jesse the Bethlehemite’s house to anoint one of his son’s as the king of Israel. So Samuel did as the Lord said, and he went to Jesse’s house. When Samuel arrived he saw Eliab, who was Jesse’s firstborn son. Samuel immediately thought, surely the Lord would choose such a fine young man. The Lord told Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height if 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, 8).
They continued looking at Jesse’s sons until they came to the youngest and least expected. When they brought in Jesse’s youngest son, David, the Lord told Samuel, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him as the Lord commanded.
God is concerned with our hearts and not our outer appearance. So why then do Americans spend so much money on products that attempt to enhance their outer appearance? According to an article by Margaret Neale, of the Huffington Post, Americans spent over 200 billion dollars, in one year, on products like, toiletries, hair and skin care, make-up, and fragrance. It should be mentioned that these stats were accumulated during the great recession in 2008.
We do not know how accurate these statistics are, but it does not take an accumulation of statistics to confirm that we are overly concerned with way we look on the outside. As Christians we should give more attention to our hearts. The Bible records God as saying that King David was a man after His [God’s] own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22b).
Outside appearance is important to some people. However, a person after God’s heart is more concerned with helping others. The characteristics that matter most in God’s eyes are inner qualities such as: kindness, humility, and love. Outer appearance is passing away along with the things of this world. Christians must try to save people from the emptiness of this world by sharing the gospel with them and teaching them to focus on things above.
Set your minds on things above not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2).