Your Inner Life Counts!

“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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” 

– 1 Samuel 16:7

Yesterday, we talked about our need to feel like we are moving forward in our lives. Today, I want to take that a step further and look at how we measure forward progress. 

Having a desire to grow, to learn, to excel, and to promote is a normal and natural part of being human; these are all wonderful things that can help us really feel like we’re making the most of our lives. However, the thing I want you to hear today is that the way God measures progress is not the same way the world measures it. While culture judges how far we’ve come based on our outer life and the things we’ve achieved, the Lord looks at our inner life and takes stock of the intangible qualities of the heart. You see, much of what you experience outwardly is a manifestation of the deeper parts of you, including your worldview, your values, your integrity, and your character. While society may look at a credential or title, Jesus looks beyond that to see the treasures on the inside, and He is proud of who you are and of how much you’ve grown and developed.

When you pick a lens through which to view progress in your life, choose to see through God’s eyes, my friend. Instead of looking at how much money you make, what you have or haven’t been able to acquire, or how much you weigh, focus instead on what’s happening in your heart and in your character. If you’re growing in Christlikeness, wisdom, integrity, and courage, you are investing in the things that ultimately satisfy, and you’re moving towards Jesus’ very best for your life! Isn’t that great news? 


Jesus, thank you for teaching me to value what is unseen rather than what is seen. I want to bear fruit inside so I resemble you to the world outside. 


Do you focus most of your attention on your inner life or your outer? How are you growing right now in mind, heart, and spirit?

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