You Can Change Your Outward Appearance, But What About Your Heart?

Most recently, I saw a news article posted on Facebook about the hundreds of General Electric plant employees in Ohio, who marched out of work to protest the vaccine mandates. This article is not about the mandates or the protesting of forced vaccinations.  It is about the inward man, the heart of a person.

My response to the post of the GE Workers in protest was the following, “We will see a disruption in household goods. Just be aware, plan, stock up, pray, and support those who take a stand! By stocking up, I mean buy the supplies that you need for at least three to four weeks’ worth. Do Not Hoard!”

After posting this, a fire fighter whose profile picture had him posing in a Virginia county fire fighters uniform in front of his department’s fire engine posted a very snarky post. He wrote, “Joseph T Lee, yeah, because adults keep acting like 3 years old and quitting their job over a tiny needle.” Many people responded negatively to his post.

Today, this same person changed is profile picture and removed his fire department information as well as his picture in uniform. Then, it dawned on me and I was inspired to write this story. I do not know why he changed his picture, but possibly because he got a lot of flak over his post.

The issue of him changing his profile picture most likely was to hide the fact that he was a county firefighter in Virginia and he was changing his appearance so that those initially looking at his profile would not see that he was a member of a particular fire department. I have seen this type of behavior before.

This circumstance reminds me of people in general, who try to hide who they really are by changing their outward appearance. They put on their best public appearance, and what appears on the surface may be a lie of what is really ingrained in their hearts. Our public appearance may be a total deception of what is truly lurking in our hearts. Our outer appearance and public life may be nice to others but when we get home and take off the costume, then our real self comes out. Look at Luke 6:45, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

There are several other Scriptures that speak of the condition of man’s heart. We can dress ourselves up and look the part, but we have no way to cleanse our filthy hearts of sin and unrighteousness.  The only way to do that is to ask Jesus into our lives, pray and ask forgiveness of our sins.

My wife has said for years, what comes out of one’s mouth is what is really in their heart. I can assure you, mankind’s heart is very sinful and we deserve Hell for our unrighteousness. But there is hope in Christ Jesus.

We can masquerade as being a nice person but the truth be told, what is in our heart will ultimately come out.  As for the fellow who called the protesting workers “3 year old’s,” maybe he changed his profile picture so that he could continue to post mean and snarky comments in order not to be reprimanded by his fire department. Who knows! When posting on social media, we should be careful in what we type out as we may truly be showing our own hatred that lurks in our hearts. And if we have that hatred, we should repent and immediately ask forgiveness.

A man or woman cannot save themselves. Only Jesus, the Christ can do so. We are living in a spiritual warfare and once one becomes a Christian, then the Holy Spirit will come to indwell them. The Holy Spirit will help clean up the nastiness of one’s heart. Once this is done, then certainly the outward appearance will be truth and not a lie.

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Copyright October 28, 2021, Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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