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For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
"Wow, look at that guy. He dresses good, wears a suit and tie to church, has no tattoos and his hair is always just right. He must really be a good Christian."
"See her, she never wears pants, always wears a hat to church, never wears makeup or jewelry and her hair never turns gray. She must be an awesome Christian."
"Now that guy is buffed, I wish my husband looked like that."
"Hey, look at her, how come my wife doesn't look like that?"
Appearance, we put so much emphasis on it. We worry what other will think if our hair isn't just right, or our pants have holes in the knees. We spend hours preparing ourselves to go into the world each day, and if our clothes are out of style, others look at us and snicker behind our backs.
We even do it as Christians, where we associate how well a person is dressed, what kind of a car they drive, how well their family looks, and so on to determine their level of Christianity.
Think of this. If a homeless person who was dirty and hungry walked into your church, would you think that he or she was not a Christian because of their appearance?
Before you answer, read the description of Jesus again in today's devotional verse.
He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
We are used to seeing these so-called paintings or pictures of Jesus. Hair all nice and straight, no dirt on His face and clothes as white as brand new.
Yet we seem to forget that scripture teaches us that Jesus was homeless.
Matt 8:20 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
Matt 4:2 And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.
And didn't have an entire wardrobe of clothing, but rather one article of clothing.
John 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.
Jesus may have looked more like a homeless person, then one of the finely dressed religious leaders. But who had the closer relationship with God?
So what do we learn from this? Don't base others walk with the Lord upon what they look like, have or don't have.
Also, don't base your relationship with the Lord upon what you have, or don't have or how well dressed you are either.