Outward Appearances Can Impress, But the Heart is What Changes Us and Others

Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation….. (Galatians 6:15).

I remember as a teenager how I would spend countless hours in the mirror, trying to make my outward appearance appealing to others. Then, when I became a Christian, I focused on making it seem as though I had noteworthy gifts or an impressive ministry to show off. Then, God stripped me of the things I trusted in, to take me down a path of great humility. To become nothing so that He could display His power.
I still struggle at times with feeling I need to project a certain image before others. There’s still this voice that tells me not to be so transparent because in doing so I’m just showing how weak my faith truly is. Yet, I will boast all the more gladly in my weakness so that Christ’s power may rest upon me. I am fully persuaded that there is a real spiritual battle going on with us, nearly, moment by moment. If we do not take our thoughts captive, making them obedient to Christ, surely we will fall into patterns of sin and self-righteous behavior. We will never walk in freedom because we’ll continue to live in our insecurity.
Jesus offers freedom for people weighed down by appearances. His mercy sets us free from the need to impress and instead He places us in His hands where He impresses His love upon us. Yes, I want the hand of God filling my heart with HIs love. Yes, I need the mercy of God taking my heart of stone and making it a heart of flesh. Yes, I need the Lord Jesus to breathe new life into me through His resurrection power.
What draws people to Jesus is not impressive Christians, with impressive clothes, bright big stages, and a trendy lifestyle. No, what draws them is love and love can only be grown in us inwardly as we surrender our lives to the Lord Jesus. As the world sees His love lived out in us, yes, then they are drawn to the overwhelming love of God.
Lord, thank you that I don’t have to be a super impressive person. Thank you that I can just live as a new creation. Yes, fill my heart with your love so that I can pour that out to others. Jesus, be my eternal joy I pray, in your name, Amen.

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