From an early age we are taught to judge other by what we see. Even children can begin to pick out the brands that someone else wears. I remember being in elementary school and judging others to be ‘cool’ whether they wore airwalks or not. As Christians we would like to tell ourselves that we are not so, but we correctly judge others. However, I doubt that our motives are always so pure. Granted it is hard to see others in the way that God sees them. We read in 1 Samuel 16 that “man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
This fundamental truth about humanity was on full display when Christ came to Earth. Many began to follow him, but no one fully understood what kind of king he was. Many rejected him because they believed that the king who was coming would be one that was powerful and strong externally. When we look to Christ’s ministry and what he did on the cross it is considered weak and foolish to the world. He lived in service to others. The world tells us to live for ourselves. He lived so much for others that he died. How foolish this seems to the world. The world tells us to live so selfishly that we must let anyone else die except ourselves. However, we know that friendship with the world is enmity with God. Therefore we can praise and worship God that he has sent us a king that is foolish and weak in the eyes of the world. This foolishness of the cross is life and profound wisdom to the believer. Let us come to Jesus this weekend praising Him and worshipping Him for what the world considers ridiculous, but what we know to be life everlasting.
Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:1-23
Sermon: The Man After God’s Own Heart