Under the watchful eyes of Andy and Barney, Earnest T. received the approval of Mrs. Wiley and the rest of the snobbish guests. Everything was going smoothly until, well, until Earnest T. became Earnest T! He cracked a potted plant over a man’s head who was dancing with his potential love interest. It was at that point Earnest T. lost his composure, along with his new accent, and the charade was over. In a matter of seconds, he went from a man who was able to turn down “coffee, tea, or punch, thank you…and not shaking ladies’ hands” to a supposed “creatchure.” Even though he had a major meltdown, the views knew that they had not seen the last of Earnest T. Bass! No matter how hard he tried, Earnest T. could not run away from himself. Where ever he went, there he was! This same truth applies to all of us. No matter what type of clothes we wear or how we speak, what is on the inside will eventually be revealed on the outside.
Luke 6:43-45 records the words of Jesus regarding what lies within the human heart. “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do nor gather figs from thorns, not do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” In the heat of the moment, what does your mouth reveal about your heart? No amount of education, wealth, knowledge, or religion can change your heart. The only One who can change your heart is the One who created your heart, and that is Jesus Christ. Hoping in anything or anyone else is a waste of time and energy. I believe it is great to “brush yourself up, clean yourself up, and put on some good smelling stuff” on a regular basis. But only Jesus can transform you into the person that can honor God and man.
Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!
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