Do you ever wonder how God looks at us as His children? If life was a soccer match and God was the coach, to whom would God give high fives or shake His head because of a bad play or yell out shouts of encouragement?
Recently, this question has been on my mind. While we can never know the motives of God, there are a couple of verses that have given me some thoughts on how God looks upon us.
“The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7
Right off the bat, we see that God sees differently than we do. Why is that? It’s because on earth, our outer appearance is how we usually convey our worldly state–whether we are happy, successful, wealthy, etc. But here’s the thing, God’s kingdom is much different than our world. While the criteria for who’s the best here in the world may be based on status, God’s kingdom sees right through all of this.
“27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him. 30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-31
You see, it’s all about our heart condition. When we encounter God, does the life that we live from there out give all the glory to Him?
Just as a great coach, God sees that while skill is needed for His team–after all, He gave us every skill that we have–it’s the condition of your heart that determines how you will work in His body of believers. Will your life of being the most improved–from a destitute sinner to a believer washed in God’s grace and love–be even more important than being the team member that scores the most goals?
God loves each and every single one of us–bench warmer or team captain alike. So the real question for you today is this: by your heart condition, are you ready to glorify God?