Luke 16:14-15 The Pharisees, who dearly loved their money, naturally scoffed at all this. Then he said to them, "You like to look good in public, but God knows your evil hearts. What this world honors is an abomination to God."
We live in a world where looking good often leads to popularity and money. Multi-billions of dollars are spent trying to make one look good to others and compared to others. The mindset is that if one looks good then he will automatically feel good about himself However, we know that it's just not so. No matter how pretty the outside is, if the inside is in a mess, the person will be a real mess. Appearances can only get a person so far. They can never fix what is wrong with the soul.
There are a lot of people in the church who work real hard at making good impressions on others. The mindset is that the more accepted they are by the majority, the more secure their place in the church is. And when the person is being supported by the church, appearances become very important to them.
It's easy to come across as being spiritual beings. We can easily fool one another about our relationship with God. We may be scholars of the Bible, good preachers or teachers, have persuasive personalities, popular in the church, powerful and influential, and still be far from the heart of God.
God isn't concerned about the things we see. He sees the heart. He judges the heart and when it is corrupt with evil, He rejects it. God does not mess around. If the heart is not right with Him, all the fluff that surrounds it is worth nothing and the soul will be condemned. Be sure your heart is right with God. Appearances and the things of the world all fade away, but the righteous heart endures forever.