Through the month of July (and first weekend of August) our church is doing a series called At The Movies. Each weekend we’ll watch a different movie (in clips) interspersed with the pastor’s teaching on God’s word and how it relates to the movie. This weekend we covered Captain America. There were a lot of good points but, for today’s post, I’m going to focus on one:
What’s important to God is the inside not the outside.
What mattered to CA’s commanding officer was not his outside, which was scrawny, weak, and not much to look at. What mattered, what was needed to defeat the greatest giant of the 21st century, was what was on the inside of one scrawny, weak man–courage and a heart to save others even at the cost of his own life.
But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. ~ 1 Samuel 16:7 (AMP)
Psalm 139:1-6 describes how God knows everything about us. He knows that my foot itches right now. He knows I’m typing this blog post. He knows that I still need to put my contacts in and that I’m waiting for a pot of beans to finish cooking. He even knows the next sentence I’m going to type before it even occurs to me. You see, God knows the inside of us past, present, and future. He knows more about us than we do. And, though he sees our weaknesses, our ugly spots, he still loves us and chooses–if we open ourselves up to him and have the heart–to use us in ways that are bigger than our capabilities.
If we don’t have the heart, no matter our outward talents and abilities, we’ll never do truly great things. Muscle is easier gained than integrity and courage. But, when God finds a heart that is true to him and his ways of love, he can do anything through that person.
What kind of person are you (am I) on the inside? If we are not who we want to be on the inside, the only way to change, truly change, is to turn to God. Seek him and his ways wholeheartedly. Ask him to forgive us our old ways and to put His Spirit in our hearts–the Spirit we can now have because Christ rose from the dead. The best way to be like Captain America is to allow God, His son, and His Spirit full access to our hearts–they already know what is there and love us anyway–so they can fix us.
To watch the service, you must catch it live either in person or online at live.gochristfellowship.com. Due to copyright laws, these services cannot be recorded for later playback. Here are the service times (EST):