Looking on the Outside.

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
(Matthew 3:1-7)

John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus, he came to prepare the way for the coming messiah. He lived in the desert and compared to the Pharisee of the time he was an outcast and looked nothing like a preacher/teacher should. He actually looked more like a beggar. Yet John was used for great things.

One moral to look at with this as well is not to judge or predetermine a person by the way the look. Character is a trait made on the inside not on the outside. The Pharisee after all was dressed very nice and lived in fancy homes yet in their hearts they persecuted Jesus and the followers of Christ. They ordered through political manipulations the killing and imprisonment of those who would speak about Jesus.

So the next time take a second to think again about turning someone down because of the way they look. You never know they could be exactly what your organization needs as the person that is clean cut could be the final blow. After all the Pharisee is no longer around in the same form as it was in the time of Jesus. Yet Christians are still here growing stronger.

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