Research has shown that the first impression you make on an interviewer really sticks. In one study, untrained subjects were shown 20 to 32 second videotaped segments of job applicants greeting their interviewers. When the subjects rated the applicants on attributes like self-assurance and likeability, their assessments were very similar to the interviewers’ — who had spent more than 20 minutes with each applicant.
Not unless we looked like Absalom, the handsome Israelite from head to foot, we can never justify pleasing appearance to man.
2 Sam 14:25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
Samuel in his search for the next king of Israel (replacing Saul) was guided by God whom to anoint among the sons of Jesse the Bethlehemite.
1 Sam 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
As we all stand before the judgment-seat of Christ, we will not be judge on the basis of first impression as in a job interview. It’s a matter of who endureth to the end.
2 Tim 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
2 Tim 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me at that day: and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing.
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.