Hidden Man

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    We live in a visual world. Almost everything is based on initial impression and appearance rather than true quality. The peeling of fruit is often dyed to be more appealing to the customer. Meat is colored an unnatural bright red color because that is what looks better. Products are laid out carefully and packaged so as to appear to contain more quality or product than is actually present. Chips are packaged in large bags with a lot of air so as to appear to contain more chips. Chocolates are often packaged in large boxes with a lot of space between the pieces so as to appear to contain more chocolate. Commercials stress the positive traits about products and completely ignore the downfalls. Almost everything is based on appearance in our society.

    Sadly, this has also become the norm with people. Many are to the point that they are almost solely concerned with their appearance rather than who they really are. At times it is almost like we are packaging ourselves as a product to be sold rather than being concerned with what really matters. We have become so concerned with covering the slightest sign or grey or wrinkles. This same mindset is often extended to the things around us too. We sometimes quickly trade cars, change out counter tops, or remodel bathrooms not because there was anything wrong with the old, but because we wanted a new or more modern look.

    Ironically while we have become so concerned with outward appearance, we have often forgotten to care about what really matters. We choose oranges based on what the dye on the peeling looks like, not based on what they taste like. We choose cars based on their appearance, not based on their actual, usable features.

    So when it comes to who we are as Christians, what are we most concerned about? Are we concerned about what we look like? Are we concerned with every little hair being in the right place and every wrinkle covered? Are we concerned with fancy clothes and jewelry that will set us apart from the crowd (or make us fit in with the crowd)? In 1 Peter 3:2-4, Peter gives advice to women that rings true with everyone at times. It says, “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

    We must be more concerned about living Godly than about our appearance. We need to teach our girls that the truly beautiful woman is not the one with the best makeup or jewelry, but the one that has an uncorruptible, godly heart. We need to teach our kids to find friends and mates that truly profess godliness in their lives and in their heart. We need to remember that our heart is what really matters. Let us focus on keeping our heart godly rather than only focusing on the outward man.