“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7b)
COMMENT: A couple of years ago Joe Gold, bodybuilding pioneer, passed away at the age of 82. In 1977 the bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron” made Gold’s Gym famous and jump-started Arnold Schwarzenegger’s film career. Mr. Gold is one of the reasons why many Americans have an obsession with a “great body”. Recently I read some additional information about the world’s preoccupation with the “outer man”. More men are going under the plastic surgeon’s knife than ever before. Liposuction surgery, hair transplants and even calf and pectoral implants are becoming more popular with the male species. Because we live in this society, it is so easy to get caught up in this body beautification craze. I grant you the fact that the body of a born again Christian is the temple of God because the Holy Spirit dwells in us; therefore, we should take good care of it. However, like everything else in the world, we should not become mesmerized by it because it is only temporary and will soon fade away. As children of God, our main concern should be the fortification and building up of that inner man with the word of God. That is the only way we can lead a successful and overcoming life. Compared to eternity, life on earth is extremely brief.
POST SCRIPT: I confess that I go to Gold’s Gym every other day; however, you couldn’t tell it by looking at me.
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Romans 12:1,2 and 1 Cor. 3:16
WISE SONG LYRICS: JESUS DRAW ME CLOSE, CLOSER LORD TO THEE. LET THE WORLD AROUND ME FADE AWAY. JESUS DRAW ME CLOSE, CLOSER LORD TO THEE. FOR I DESIRE TO WORSHIP AND OBEY.