Have you ever noticed that the shinier something is, the better the promotion sounds, the more likely a person is to buy it, try it, or use it?
What is it about the packaging that makes us forget to use our common sense?
Have you ever watched children get so excited about a toy or activity because of what it “promises” to do, to be, for them? How often does that toy or device break within the first few weeks and then they are left with nothing but tears and frustration?
What about that “really cute” guy or girl who proved to be more shallow than a kiddie-pool?
We seem to forget that we are not supposed to be looking at the outside, but the inside– where it really matters. First Samuel 16:7 says it best, 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.” Samuel was looking at the big, strong, older brothers of David to be the next anointed king of Israel. God reminded Samuel that the outside doesn’t count– it’s the heart that matters.
Jesus was not followed because he had chiseled features and made the women of the region swoon. He was followed because people were drawn to the Holy Spirit within Him. He was followed because He showed the men and women of the region of Galilee that there was a different way to live life.
Jesus was described in Isaiah 53:2 this way, He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him…
When we are drawn to Jesus it is because He is the Light of the World, showing us who we can be through Him. He shows us that the broken, dysfunctional people we are can become healed, functional people through His mercy, His grace, His love.
If He looked like a model the critics would have said it was His looks that drew people to Him. If He was a charismatic speaker people would say He drew them to Him because of how He spoke.
But Jesus wasn’t that way. He was simple, “plain”, of common stock. Yet for over two thousand years, people have turned from the life they led to a life that brings eternal life, hope, salvation, and blessings.
Simple packages sometimes contain the biggest blessings.