Look Passed Outward Appearances

24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” ~ John 20:24-25

Outward appearance means little. Thomas looked so much like Jesus that he was called, ‘the twin.’ In fact, even though Jesus taught in the synagogues and in the streets and was a well-known rabbi when He was arrested at night, they waited for Judas to give the sign of who Jesus was before they arrested Him. We can only assume that this was because it was so dark at night that they couldn’t easily tell Jesus and Thomas apart. Yet, Thomas was the disciple who struggled with the resurrection of Jesus the most.

So, many of us look at the outer appearance of a Christian. They may have the appearance of Godliness, but inside they’re struggling. Inside they may be full of doubt because of a loss they experienced or a failure that they just endured. It’s so easy to look simply at the outward appearance of someone and miss out completely on the spirit inside that person.

So, when we look for a teacher or a leader, we can’t just look at someone based on their outward appearance, whether they look the way we believe a Christians should look or not. We have to look with the eyes of God and search the heart of men and women so that we won’t be led astray by a false outward Godly appearance.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Look Passed Outward Appearances.

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