I love games that come down to heart. You know the games I’m talking about right? Where both teams are equally tired, both have given it their all and both are battling relentlessly to the very end. I especially love watching an underdog arise from the ashes, fight tooth and nail to the very end, and with every ounce of energy push through to overcome the favored seed.
When you’re watching these kind of situations you can tell it comes down to heart, it comes down to digging deep. But the thing is, if your well does not run deep it’s going to be evident for all to see.
Far too often people focus on the outside of appearance of things. We live in a surface level culture. A culture that likes things to look great even though they break easily. A culture that wants convenience and things made fast, even if they do not last long. A culture that honors the outward success of people and quick rises to stardom despite the people lacking character, integrity, and honest resolve.
When the prophet Samuel was looking at Jesse’s sons to see which God was choosing to be anointed king he too fell prey to the temptation to focus on the outward appearance of things. Samuel took one glimpse of Eliab, Jesse’s oldest son, 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 people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Even Samuel, one who was a prophet of God, had to be reminded that just because something glitters does not mean it is gold. Gold to God is not what is gold to man. Success to God is not always a degree, promotion, money, having the best car, or recognition by your peers. These things are not bad, but they are also not the rule of what is success or greatness.
God is looking for a heart that is fully His, whether this person is recognized by others or not. God is looking for a heart that chases after him far more than it does the ‘success’ of the world. God is looking for an underdog who will fight to the very end to pursue Him the way He fights to pursue us. He is looking for those who will be willing to dig deep during craziness and continue to pursue His type of success, not giving into the temptation to compromise and take the easy way out.
God is not looking for quick rises, He is looking for faithfulness and longevity. God is not looking for people who are jockeying for title or position, He is looking people who are pursuing Him so He could elevate them in due time. God is not looking for perfection, He is looking for those who are after his own heart.
Let’s Do This Together
In what area have you been tempted to lose heart and deprioritize God from the top seat of your heart’s pursuit?