Day 157 – X-Ray Eyes
On: April 6, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But now as for what is inside you – be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you.Luke 11:37-41

I’m writing during London Fashion Week, the twice yearly focus of my day to day work at the British Fashion Council. It’s a colourful, in every sense, celebration of creativity, with a lot of people having a lot of fun. (Just as many, of course, are working their socks off).

It’s impossible not to ponder the level of attention paid to the external appearance and wonder how much is given to what is going on behind the facade. Fashion focuses on outward appearance, so it is a sitting target for such reflection. The same, though, could equally apply to any field of work – the spiritual fitness of sportsmen, the eternal standing of the legal profession, the soul-health of nurses, the ability of scientists to process facts consistently … I think you’ll get my train of thought.

There was a jaunty song we used to sing with the kids at church: “Man looks on the outside, but God looks (clap, clap) on the heart.” A bit like yesterday, we need to look at this from two perspectives: firstly, taking care that we prioritise our own inner state ahead of how we look from the outside. Secondly, seeking to see through the external appearance of the people we encounter day by day, to consider instead their character.

We need X-Ray eyes, so we can see things as they really are and, as a result, put into practice, in our day, Jesus’s instruction to the twelve disciples as He sent them out for the first time:

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16. If we’re not aware of what’s going on around us, we’ll be like lambs to the slaughter.

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

Prayer:

Father God, please give me eyes that I might see through external appearance to discern what people, including me, are really like in their hearts. Amen

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