You may have noticed something recently. October is very nearly over, and today is actually Halloween (duh). As a Christian, I personally don’t celebrate Halloween. On an event that focuses so much about death, darkness and such like, it’s totally against my personal beliefs as a Christian and not something I have ever wanted to celebrate or get involved in.
Anyhow, a quote that I found a few years ago, that always resurfaces around this time of year, is an analogy of Christians being like…well, pumpkins. Pumpkins, of course are associated with Halloween; we see families and friends adding them to their trolleys in supermarkets or some even going out pumpkin picking, all in which later will most likely be carved to have some kind of scary face or some kind of message. Of course, we are not physically like pumpkins- we’re not orange and round and filled with orange gunk and seeds aplenty- but the analogy is something I wanted to share with fellow Christians today as an encouragement:
“It’s like being a pumpkin:
God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you may have gotten from the other pumpkins.
Then he cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff.
He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc.
Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”
These are some thoughts I’ve gathered from this:
1.We are hand selected. God hand selects us! We are chosen! Very much like in the verse John 15:16, where Jesus is giving the Vine and the Branches illustration, reads:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit- fruit that will last- and so that whatever you ask in my name the father will give you.” – John 15:16
2. We’re washed clean. We all know how dirty pumpkins can appear at times! In order to clean them, of course we have to wash them! The blood of Jesus washes away our sins, the things that make us as humans unclean. A pumpkin relates to us because it has an inside and an outside. Not only does God wash us clean from the outside, he internally cleanses us; he removes our sin, and in doing that we are washed clean and made new. We are not captive to sin, or the shame that comes with it, because through Christ we are made new!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
God carefully removes our seeds of doubt, hate, greed. Instead of holding onto these unfruitful seeds, God replaces them with seeds of faith, hope and love.
3. He carves us a new smile. For scripture says in the Psalms, “My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you- I whom you have delivered.”- God brings such a joy to our lives, and our smiles are living proof of this.
“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you- I whom you have delivered.” – Psalm 71:23
4. He shines through us. I don’t know about you, but I find Halloween a pretty dark event. I don’t like what it is, and it isn’t ever something that I’ve personally wanted to be involved with. When Christ is inside of us, we shine through to the people around us. Through the darkness of this occasion, we can reflect His light to glorify our Father. One of my favourite bible verses is found in Matthew 5:16, reading:
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
This analogy is something that I will be reminding myself of today. I encourage you today to be a light amidst the darkness of Halloween to all believers and unbelievers. Let’s use today to pray for those who do not believe, our friends, our family, colleagues and to also show each of them the love that our Father in Heaven shows us.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”- John 1:5