Have you ever picked up milk, looked at it, and bought it based on its appearance? Then you get it, drink it, and find that it is sour? I have. The package was deceptive. Hence the reason that I am a stickler about dates on food products. The package fooled me.
How many of us are prone to look at someone and guess what they are before we know them? Most all of us do that if we are honest.
I was standing behind a guy in line at the grocery store a few days ago. My last impression was that he is a college professor at Clemson University. That encounter reminded me of a few biblical examples.
When Samuel went to seek out the king that would replace Saul, he went to Jesse’s house. Samuel looked at all the older sons. However, there was a shepherd boy that Samuel almost overlooked. God reminded Samuel that man looks on the outward appearance while God looks on the heart. God chose David, knowing ahead of time that David would commit adultery with Bathsheba. God still called David “a man after God’s own heart” though he knew his past, present, and future.
The generation of Jesus also learned to see beyond the outward appearance. How could it be that Mary and Joseph’s son (the carpenter’s boy) be the long-awaited Messiah that would be the Savior of the world? This King had to bring more fanfare along with him, right?
We must not make hasty judgments on what we see. If we do not do that by our own nature, we could easily be influenced by co-workers or friends to jump to conclusions based on things we “see”. We better know the whole story before we make statements that influence others to misjudge the person based on the package.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve got some repenting to do!