But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Tim. 2:20-22

There never seems to be a dull moment on the streets of New York City, and I have enough experience in the city now from long ago, from last year doing streets ministry here, and from my recent return to do more streets ministry here to know there is always something interesting, off-the-beaten track, unusual, unique, creative, different, inspiring, scary, tragic, horrifying, exhilerating, tempting, kooky, etc., going on. So I wasn’t in the least surprised to be walking down the sidewalk listening to a lady talk to her friend on the telephone about using her curling iron and how important her length of hair was in relation to the curling iron.

That’s when it dawned on me how much we humans throughout our lives in one way or another spend thinking about, working on, worrying about, being discouraged about, investing in, focusing on, taking pride in, etc., our physical appearance – curling irons or not. As I considered the curling iron lady as I continued down the sidewalk, I essentially thought about how when we all stand before the Lord Jesus Christ when our lives are over, the Lord will not likely talk to us about our physical appearance on earth. Will He care about if we curled our hair, wore the perfect color lipstick, bought the prettiest t-shirt, had the newest style and most comfy sneakers we bought on sale, kept up with the fashion magazines when it comes to style, etc.? Or will He care about whether we lived our lives for Him according to the Bible and worked hard throughout our lives to live in a manner pleasing and honoring to Him – in our hearts, in our words, and in our actions?

Do we spend more time on our physical appearance than we spend on living in a way that brings love, joy, pleasure, praise, and glory to God almighty? Do we even think at all let alone daily about how we can live in a way that makes the Lord happy and proud? Is our highest priority the Lord Jesus Christ and obeying Him, or is our highest priority whether our pocketbook matches our new jewelry and scarf? Or whether our workouts at the gym are producing the muscles we can boast about or show off as we walk down the streets of life?

Friend, this world is temporary, and so is our physical appearance. God almighty is forever, and our greatest concern should be our hearts and lives in the sight of Jesus.

Please remember this message, friend, and make it your greatest aim to live for Jesus. Today. And forevermore! AMEN!

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