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Christians are like Jack-O-Lanterns

October 30, 2010

As I carved pumpkins today with the kids it dawned on me that this analogy was so true…

God picks you from the pumpkin patch and brings you into his home. He washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins. He cuts off the top and takes out all the yucky stuff on the inside. He removes the seeds of sinfulness and carves you a new smiling face. He puts his light inside of you to shine for all to see.

It’s not about the outside – the outer appearance, but its about the transformation that occurs inside of you. After there is an internal change most definately the outward appearance and actions can change in due time or even quite rapidly. This change is directly because of the exchange that was made for old ways to a new way!

What good does a Jack-O-Lantern do if we keep it hidden inside? Nobody can see it. Likewise as a Christian we are to let HIS light shine from within us for others to see. We are called to share the effect God has had on our lives with others – to witness. Pumpkins grow in all different shapes and sizes and colors, so do Christians.

Matthew 5:14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

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