“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart'” (1 Samuel 16:7).

The shallowness of the day is seen in society’s preoccupation with improving one’s outward appearance. From makeovers, to lifts, to enhancements, to reductions, to implants, to botox, many have pulled and stretched themselves to great lengths and expense for the sake of external appearances, with no corresponding concern for the inner man. I fear it is but a repackaging of the lie told by the evil one in the garden, “Surely, you will not die.” Don’t bite the apple. The reality is that we are going to die no matter how we dress it up. Give greater weight to that which God has deemed most important — the inner man. It’s a matter of the heart.

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