Below Surface Content

Pro quarterback Tim Tebow stated this year, during his highly publicized over-analyzed success as quarterback of the Denver Broncos, that: "In the NFL, there are 30 QB’s who can throw better than I can. But I’d like to think that I can help guys win." I guess that's what it comes down to, isn't it? Being able to win. In the NFL, as in life, content is more valuable than form.

A district manager of a drug retail chain told me that many under-achieving store managers try to score points by having a spick and span store — as if that makes up for lack of profit.

It becomes more apparent as the years go by that overall in our society folks tend to value form over content. Most home improvement experts on HGTV tell their viewers that on a percentage basis, a new coat of paint will increase a home's selling price far more than new plumbing will.

This is a snare we must spurn.

In the Old Testament, we are reminded that God's priorities are different than ours. God said to Samuel... "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 16:7)

It's tempting to settle for merely good form: a handsome family, a nice car, a big house, a good job, a dignified manner of worship ... but God reminds us that the content of our lives is much more important than surface level appearances. He's much more interested in the condition of your heart and the attitudes it contains.

As Christ-followers, our challenge must be to strive to improve the content of our lives, rather than merely settling for good form. Let it be your aim — at home, at work, and alone with God — to live life from the inside out.


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