Before a church barbeque one of my church members commented proudly that he was bringing the Bean Dip. The comment was made in such a way that it seemed like he was saying “Don’t worry Pastor Zac; bean dip will be the only thing you will need to be eating at the barbeque.” Being a bean dip connoisseur his comment made me even more excited about the barbeque. I was quite anxious to try this taunting side dish.
Finally the day came and, naturally, chips and dip was the first thing on my mind. As I approached the table he was sitting there with a big smile and this famous bean dip sitting right in front of him. I could hardly wait! That is until I looked in the bowl and my heart sank. It was like a blind date gone bad. I thought to myself “This is it? This is what you’ve been bragging about? All those days of waiting and this is what you bring?” You can imagine my disappointment. The pressure was intense; it wasn’t what I had anticipated and now I had to try it because he was sitting right there.
So with great disappointment I grabbed a chip and made the dip. Putting it in my mouth I heard my tongue scream with pleasure as if to say “This is it Zac! This is what you’ve been waiting for! Heaven has come to earth in the form of bean dip!” I have to be honest, it was the best bean dip I have ever had in my entire life!
Luckily for me I didn’t let my outward judgment keep me from getting to what was inside. Sadly for many of us that’s what we do to other people. We let our outward judgments of others keep us from getting to know the wonderful people inside.
Thankfully God looks at us from the inside. He doesn’t just go by our looks or assets he goes by the heart. Scripture says “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7)
It’s time for us to start looking at people on the inside. It’s time for us to start taking the time to get to know the real person on the inside. It’s what God does and he always sets the best example.