For most of the country, the crisp cool air of autumn is upon us. A sure sign of autumn is that Christmas decorations are popping up everywhere in retail stores. Halloween costumes and disguises are selling out in stores. A
symbol of both harvest time and Halloween is the pumpkin. As a Christian, have you ever compared yourself to a pumpkin? We all start out like pumpkins in a field or garden. God is always walking & speaking to us to open our hearts to Him. Ephesians 1:4 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” He selects us out of the world. We are in the world, but no longer of the world. We are not really better than those poor pumpkins who are still in the patch. We are just a whole lot better off because Jesus has taken us out of the darkness and into His wonderful light. John 15:16 “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:..” We all know how dirty pumpkins can appear at times! Of course we will need to wash them. Jesus washes away our sins, not only washes us clean from the outside, but removes our sin and in doing that we are washed clean and made new from the inside out. We are not captive to sin, or the shame that comes with it, because through Christ we are made new! God has a plan for us! He wants to make something great out of us. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” To get to that plan, we first have to deal with what is on the inside. Just like a pumpkin. we may look good on the outside, but inside our hearts are sinful. We have seeds of doubt, greed, selfishness, hatred, and other things that are not like Jesus. Just like we reach in a pumpkin and remove the seeds, slime, & yuck, Jesus reaches down inside our hearts and starts cleaning us out. Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? We may look good on the outside, but inside our hearts are sinful.
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