Miranda Cosgrove stars in “Despicable Me” a 3-D comedy about villains and a Bank of Evil. However, there is another “Despicable Me” that all of us need to seriously deal with day by day – from all angles like 3-D. When man sinned he got a loan from the Devil’s Bank of Evil and he has been paying for it ever since.
(1) The heart despicable even before the Flood
Before the Flood in Noah’s day man’s heart was already evil. Gen. 6:5 tells us:
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Many people, even Christians, do wrong things and then say “God knows my heart” to excuse themselves. God knows our heart alright. In Jer. 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Yes, God knows our heart. It is not an asset. It is a liability. It is a Bank of Evil in itself. Jesus Himself said in Matt. 15:19,20:
“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
These are the things which defile a man ….”
So to say “God knows my heart” is to use an excuse that God would have called “a refuge of lies” in Isa. 28:17. Not even the photo site Picable would want to picture the despicable nature of mankind.
(2) Our hearts are despicable from birth!
Many see babies as innocent. The truth is that they are relatively innocent only in comparison to children and adults. Even King David admitted in Psa. 51:5 “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” Psa. 58:3 adds “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” So it is no secret that man’s very nature is “nefario-us” and rotten to the core.
(3) Man’s unregenerate nature does not naturally get better with age.
With age comes reason but not necessarily purity of heart. Eccles. 11:10 says “Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.”
Isa 53:6 adds “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Man cannot even control his tongue by himself much less his entire heart. James 3:8 “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”
As if that was not bad enough we are told in Job 25:5 “Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.”
(4) The penalty of having a despicable heart.
What is the penalty, if any of being despicable? Rom. 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death ….” Rev. 21:8 adds “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
(5) What is the solution?
In the game of soccer it is the goal-keeper that saves us from the penalty. Jesus does better than the goal-keeper. He saves us from ourselves. He imparts virtues to us. Yes, Rom. 3:23 says “For the wages of sin is death ….” Yet that is only part of the text. The rest of the text says “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” What is the gift? John 3:16 tells us that God gave His Son Jesus to die for our sins.
When Jesus came to this earth as a human He was accused to mingling with sinners. They said that He was keeping bad company. He gave a memorable answer. He said in Luke 5:31,32:
“… They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Rom. 5:7,8 tells us:
“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
How does Jesus solve the heart problem? He gives us a spiritual heart transplant! He says
in Eze. 36:26 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.”
There is no new start without a new heart. When Jesus came the first time He came to call sinners to repentance. When Jesus comes again He is not coming for sinners. He is coming for the righteous. He who acted as our lawyer the first time is coming as a judge the second time so make sure your heart is right with God now!
(6) The Invitation
Do you want to be different? Do you want to escape the “Despicable Me” syndrome where you automatically do wrong things, bad things, unspeakable things?
Rev. 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
2 Cor. 6:2 “… behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
Do not wait until the cry is heard saying at Jesus’ second coming:
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” (Rev. 22:11)
I have heard one preacher say “At the heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart.” Make your decision now for Jesus to get a new heart for as He said in Luke 11:23 “He that is not with me is against me.” Are you ready for Jesus to come? Say “Jesus, please help me. Save me. Give me a new heart. Please save despicable me.”
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