October 1, 2013

The Eternal is Internal

When we look at someone we judge them by their outward appearance and we kind of sum them up by how they’re dressed, how they look, how they carry themselves, and even by their occupation. We judge on outward appearance, but God looks straight into our hearts. He sees our motives and He sees the good, the bad, and the ugly and the good news is He still loves us more than anyone else. He sees right into my heart, he sees my hurt, my pain, my sins, and my failures. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “The Lord does not see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 

In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, Jesus was trying to describe, in detail, the outward appearances of these two men. Luke 16:19-21 says, “There was a certain rich man who was splendidly clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in luxury. At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, who was covered with sores. As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man’s table, dogs would come and lick his open sores.”

So on the outside, this rich guy looked really sharp, he looked great, and he looked like he had it all together. But on the inside, his soul was dead to God. The beggar, on the other hand, looked horrible on the outside. He was filthy and his body was diseased. But on the inside, he was beautiful because his soul was fully alive to God.

Really, we’re all beggars when it comes to our need for Jesus Christ. What the beggar looked like on the outside is what we all look like on the inside. We’re sick in our sins and filthy in our selfishness. We’re just poor, diseased beggars until we receive Christ’s free forgiveness. If we don’t realize what beggars we are on the inside, we’ll never receive Christ’s forgiveness. Only those who know they need forgiveness, receive forgiveness. Only those who admit that they need healing receive healing. Is Jesus changing you from the inside out.