All throughout my life before Christ, I pretty much did everything without planning. I got pregnant before marriage, twice…but who’s counting. I went to a college because my best friend was going, when I really had no interest in school. I did those things, not thinking about how they would effect me and others. And those are just a couple of examples. I pretty much flew by the seat of my pants, putting little thought into my actions.
That’s because a life without Christ is very self centered. The truth is, I didn’t care that much about the feelings of others, all I was worried about was myself. Then one day, like a ton of bricks, it hit me. I’m not just hurting myself and the ones I love, I’m hurting Jesus! That stung!
I had never really thought about the fact that my sin hurts God. Forget how I was treating my friends and family! I was grieving the very One who created me! That revelation changed my life, and here’s the deal; when you live your life to please God, inevitably you will start to see and treat others differently.
Now, I want to please God with my life. Do I screw up? Heck yes, constantly! But in my heart, I truly want to please God. I’m so thankful that God looks at our hearts!
Let’s not judge people by how they may be acting at the moment. You could be looking at the next great preacher, teacher, or missionary! God can change even the worst of us! He’s pretty swell like that.
Let’s all try this. If we see someone acting a fool, instead of judging them, let’s be like Mr. T and ‘pity da fool’. Let’s stop what we’re doing and say a prayer for that person. You never know what God has in store for them; or you either for that matter, just for being obedient. Prayer changes lives! I double dog dare you to try this! I’m going to!
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7