For the Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but he Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
"I can't understand why this contrary horse won't let me hitch him to the buggy." Silas said to his wife, as they prepared for a trip to town. Irene climbed into the buggy. "Guess he wants to be stubborn this morning."
Silas struggled with the horse for several more minuets before he finally accomplished his task. "Sure hope he doesn't act up on the way to town." He took his seat in the drivers seat, picked up the reins, and gave them a flick to get the horse moving.
Nothing happened, the horse didn't budge. Silas tried again, this time offering a few words of encouragement to the stubborn animal. "Get up there boy," " lets go now!" The horse whined and pawed at the ground. Silas looked at Irene and frowned. "I may have to use the buggy whip, but I never had to use it with this horse before."
Another horse and buggy came rolling in the drive just then. Silas's friend Levi was in the drivers seat. "How are you?" Levi called "I'm doing fine," Silas replied. "I wish I could say the same about my horse."
"You mean MY horse don't you?"
Silas's forehead wrinkled. "Is your horse acting up too?"
Levi pulled his buggy up beside Silas's rig and climbed down. "The horse you've got hitched to your buggy is mine and I've got yours." Silas sat there several seconds, letting Levi's words sink in. "I wonder how that happened."
"We must have taken each other's horses when we left the Yoder's place after church yesterday." Levi stroked his own horse behind the ear, "They do look almost alike." Silas chuckled, "no wonder I had such a hard time getting him hitched to the buggy, I should have realized he wasn't mine by the way he was acting." "The poor horse wasn't really being stubborn, Irene put in, it was just a case of mistaken Identity."
As he did with Silas and Levi's horses, God makes each of us unique. while we might look similar to someone else, the way we act is proof of who we really are and whose we are. It's important for Christians to do and say things that bring glory to God so the world will know we belong to him. If we live as God wants us to, there will never be cause for mistaken Identity.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
"Others may be deaf to our words but they are never blind to our actions."