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Bible reading : 1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
My aunts were in a fist (or was it a slap?) fight recently. One of them took it upon herself to inform me of what happened. In her relaying of the story, she mentioned that she knew she was a drunk, but she wondered what kind of Christianity my other aunt was portraying, engaging her in a fight for something that she deemed useless? She went on to say that God looks at who you are as a person and how you treat others, not if you are a drunk or not.
While I don’t completely agree with her theology, she had a point.
My other aunt made herself look like she was a better human being and sister by parading her sobriety and what she had achieved. We are under so much pressure; go to school, get your degree, get a job, climb the corporate ladder (yes, even you artistic soul), get a car and house, travel, get married (or not), have children (or not),retire, and finally die with everything on your bucket list ticked off. These are good things, but somehow I don’t think that the treasure is in the acquiring, but in something else.
“Maybe God is less concerned with exactly what you’re doing and more concerned with who you are becoming.” Jeff Goins, The In Between
Imagine that! Imagine that in our quest of achieving all these things, God was less concerned with ticking items off the “My Will for Mbali’s Life” list, rather,he was watching who I was becoming in the process of it all. I’ve heard that God is a God of process. Whenever I heard this, internally I would roll my eyes and think “another Christianese cop out!”, outwardly I would nod politely. But it makes sense.
When God sent Samuel to anoint David as king, Samuel had an image in mind of what a good king looked like. But God had something else in mind as the first priority: The heart. David’s heart was after God’s own heart. In David’s journey, with each thing that he accomplished, his heart was becoming more of what God wanted it to become. Don’t get confused, David had the strength and looks (all the outward things) of a king, he was just the youngest. But he had something else that distinguished him.
For your reflection
In the process of fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives, we constantly need to check who we are becoming. Are we becoming more like Christ? Or will he not recognize us as his own when we finally come face to face with him?
Say this little prayer
“Lord Jesus, thank you that you have had a life full of adventure mapped out for me since before I was born. I pray that on the journey of fulfilling all these things, I may always have my heart turned towards you becoming who you made me to be. I ask this in your name. Amen.”
Mbali Sebaeng is a writer, linguist, friend and self-taught horizontal runner. She spends her days teaching at a high school in Soweto and trying not to lose her sanity. Check out more of her thought-provoking writing at Thinking and Thunkings (click link).