Sunday, December 02, 2007

The LORD looks at the heart... not the iPhone!

Been thinking about the whole clergy / laity thing again... and the anointing of King David came to mind > this part especially:
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, "Surely the LORD's anointed stands here before the LORD."

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."
1 Samuel 16:6-8 (New International Version)

I am comforted by the fact that the Lord does not look at the things man looks at > we look to wealth / position / experience whereas the Lord looks into our heart. He isn't impressed by ranks, badges and symbols of our self-important status. He isn't impressed about your stats > how many books you've written / sold > what your technorati score is > how many hits you receive to your website > how big your congregation is or how many folk you "manage". He doesn't care what phone you have or what car you drive. Doesn't mean a thing to Him.

So then if it doesn't matter to God... why does it matter to us?


Anonymous said...

listen, I am sure you are correct in the spirit of this-- but I think the Lord has a special place in his heart for the iPhone and Apple technology.

little said...

Because the Lord looked at what he had made and said 'wow!'

I think we're following in the same spirit...

weareallghosts said...

Hey Roy... Hey Matt... we are on the same page here > the iPhone is a beautiful piece of kit but...

what impresses man doesn't necessarily impress God > God will dig someone who uses an iPhone to communicate the gospel and is prepared to use it to guide people with google maps etc.

But then... He would dig someone using Linux or [Heaven forbid] Vista to communicate the gospel.

As long as we put Him first and don't idolise the "thing" then its good > IMHO

Love you both



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