The Measure of Man

measureI stand 6 feet 3 inches tall and weigh approximately 180 pounds.  Dark brown hair and eyes.  Stoic, silly, or sensitive depending on the mood.  These are all descriptors of outward appearance or emotion.  But what about the real me?  For that matter, what about the real you?  The one that resides deep within your heart or within your soul.  The one that is revealed only to God.

This is the true measure of who you are.  Your strongly held beliefs.  Your dreams, your hopes, your prayers, your disappointments.  The joyful you and the you that you’d rather keep hidden and locked away.  The you that resides in the heart is the one God is concerned with.

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at.  People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

(1 Samuel 16:7)

What does he find there?  Does he see a heart that serves or a heart that’s selfish?  A bitter heart or a benevolent one?  It really does matter!

“For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

(Ecclesiastes 12:14)

“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

(Jeremiah 17:10)

Like it or not, God has and always will look at our hearts to see where our loyalties lie.  Regardless of what appearance we try to project, he can see through the façade to the real you and me.

How do you measure up?

-Joe

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