Despicable Me!

Luke 9:23 “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself.”

I encourage you to see the movie ‘Despicable Me’. Truth is, the only reason I watched it, is because I have three darling kids who wanted to see it. I expected a typical kids movie but what I got was an encounter with Jesus teaching played out on a movie reel.

The story line of the movie is about a man who grows up enjoying being very despicable. He’s a criminal mastermind whose ultimate dream is to steal the moon. For him to do so would mean he’s reached the pinnacle of significance. However, he encounters some stiff competition from someone keen to outdo him and so Mr Despicable encounters three orphans and decides to use them to gain advantage over his competition. Along the journey these three little orphans steal his heart and he starts to soften and prioritize them over his dream of stealing the moon. In fact Mr Despicable gets more than he ever dreamed, he gets a life where he can share love and receive love and his life is never the same. See the movie to fill in the rest of the details.

I think this is a great metaphor for life and ministry. It’s great to have a dream but too easily do we make the pursuit of that dream, call, ministry or life (however you define it) about US. The dream or call may be honorable in and of itself but the subtle shift in our hearts towards ourselves (our success, our image, our reputation, our desires, our needs) can actually be fatal both for us and the dream, let alone others.

As long as your call is about you, you’ve missed the point. In fact, no matter how much energy you expend into making your call happen, the reverse can take effect and it actually starts slipping away from you because you’re misusing the call for the purpose it was given to you in the first place, others.

If you will direct the focus of your call away from you and onto others, your desires and dreams will most probably take care of themselves, or in the case of “Mr Despicable”, your desires will be replaced with God’s desires that are far better for you anyway. Let go, and let God take control of your life. Whether you do or not is a matter of trust. Do you actually trust that God, who called you in the first place, is more than capable of holding your call for you, as well as your dreams and desires?

I encourage you to get on with the business of living for God and living for others without worrying about yourself. Pour yourself out for others and God’s blessing will follow you all the days of your life. The Spirit of the Lord was on Jesus for his ministry to others, not on him ‘just because’. There was a purpose and reason for the anointing being given to him = to heal the broken-hearted, preach good news to the poor, open eyes that are blind and proclaim the year of God’s favor.

The sad truth is you could achieve your dream and ‘steal the moon’ and feel very significant… for a moment… but deep in your heart feel the gnawing ache of emptiness because you have actually forfeited your soul, making your life all about you. Do something weird for a change, actually take Jesus’ words seriously and live by them. I’m trying to and its making all the difference.

Insight!

5 thoughts on “Despicable Me!

  1. This is such an exciting concept because as I see it, almost all first world problems are grounded in the focus on OUR SELVES. depression lonlliness, rejection, lack of courage, lack of resources, etc. These things do not matter when we are not living to serve ourselves but looking for where we can make a difference in other peoples lives. There is always someone worse off than me, and if we have a willing heart we will recognise where we can help and with that alone as our agenda, we find our own needs met along the way with never a worry about it. 🙂

  2. “It’s great to have a dream but too easily do we make the pursuit of that dream, call, ministry or life (however you define it) about US. The dream or call may be honorable in and of itself but the subtle shift in our hearts towards ourselves (our success, our image, our reputation, our desires, our needs) can actually be fatal both for us and the dream, let alone others.”

    Thanks for blogging Corey, such a truth in all you say here. From first hand experience, when I let the dream/call become all about ME, I soon found myself way off track and offended at every turn. When I chose to refocus and let GO and let GOD, I found myself in a very different place. I began to find myself poured out for others and serving once again at the foot of the cross. My selfish desires and ambition lead me on a destructive path, headed down a place where only emptiness is known and vision is blurred and self centred. When i chose to refocus my eyes on the prize and surrender to the ONE that matters, my life once again began to take on a very different aspect…. (How easily we can lose focus of the ONE TRUE GOD and let the gods of this world creep in)

    My days are now filled with much opportunity to laugh, cry, share and encourage the broken hearted, seeing those held captives truly set free.

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