Digging through other people’s junk just isn’t my idea of fun. And, of course, there’s the minor problem of getting up at the crack of dawn to confiscate the best treasures before anyone else. Besides that, in order for me get to a garage sale, it would require me to get up even earlier so that I could apply make-up to my aging face. I don’t go anywhere without make-up. Call it insecurity, vanity, whatever you want, but it’s my desire to present a good image wherever I go. Even if I’m in sloppy clothes, I can put on a better face if my “face” has been applied!
You see, down deep, I’m a Macy’s girl.
I love the whole image of that store. Just imagine walking into Macy’s and inhaling the pleasing aroma of perfumes and colognes. Saunter a little farther and peruse beautiful jewelry and pleasing displays of clothes. I don’t even realize I need any of these items until I discover I’m gazing longingly at them. Everything in Macy’s speaks to my outward image, what I need to look like, and how I want other people to view me: beautiful and put together.
Beth Moore talks about the kind of image we portray in her study, Daniel, when she says that this is part of the Babylonian mentality of being self-absorbed. In Babylon, King Nebuchadnezzar built an image to himself for others to worship. What kind of image am I building? Am I building an outward image only, presenting myself as something different than I really am?
Do I look like Macy’s, but I’m really a garage sale?
The Bible says, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV) So, what does God see when he looks at my heart? Bitterness, envy, and unforgiveness or love, grace and patience?
You can rest assured that I’m not advocating going home, throwing away your make-up and getting rid of nice clothes. Instead, let’s take an inventory of our hearts. What’s in yours? Are you building your own image or one that looks like Christ? We are made in God’s image, to reflect His character. We need to be intentional about what type of image we are building so that what we are presenting to the world on the outside is truly a reflection of His image on the inside.
By Annette Stonger, Renewed HeartLeave a Comment