Updated: Oct 19, 2018
Fall is most certainly upon us and we seeing more and more signs of harvest in progress! We see the bright orange of pumpkins peeking through the pumpkin vines in the patches along the country roads. Each year during “pumpkin season” I find meaning in the devotion below. I borrowed and adapt words from The Christian Working Woman. Scriptures from the Common English Bible are included to reinforce the message.
Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin! God picks us from the patch, brings us in, and washes all the dirt off of us.
John 15:16 – You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you could go and produce fruit and so that your fruit could last.
Ephesians 1:4 – God chose us in Christ to be holy and blameless in God’s presence before the creation of the world.
1 Corinthians 6:11 – That is what some of you used to be! But you were washed clean, you were made holy to God, and you were made right with God in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
Titus 3:4-5 – But “when God our savior’s kindness and love appeared, he saved us because of his mercy, not because of righteous things we had done. He did it through the washing of new birth and the renewing by the Holy Spirit.
God cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.
The Christian life begins at the moment that Jesus “picks us out of the patch,” cleans us up, and we are born from above. Then begins the process of transforming us into the likeness of Jesus. This process continues throughout all our earthly days. Sometimes that process can be painful, as we are confronted with the mess on the inside of us, the “yucky stuff” that is clogging us up.
Colossians 3:7-8 – You used to live this way, when you were alive to these things. But now set aside these things, such as anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene language.
2 Corinthians 7:1 – My dear friends, since we have these promises, let’s cleanse ourselves from anything that contaminates our body or spirit so that we make our holiness complete in the fear of God.
God carves a new smiling face and puts God’s light inside of us to shine for all the world to see.
Psalm 40:2-3 – He lifted me out of the pit of death, out of the mud and filth, and set my feet on solid rock. He steadied my legs. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise for our God. Many people will learn of this and be amazed; they will trust the Lord.
Matthew 5:14 – You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden.
Proverbs 15:13 – A joyful heart brightens one’s face, but a troubled heart breaks the spirit.
Proverbs 15:30 – Bright eyes give joy to the heart; good news strengthens the bones.
Psalm 30:11-12 – You changed my mourning into dancing. You took off my funeral clothes and dressed me up in joy so that my whole being might sing praises to you and never stop. Lord, my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
May you have a blessed “pumpkin season” whether you carve your own pumpkin, admire the creations of others, or enjoy pumpkin spice in your coffee, tea or hot chocolate. May you also allow God to keep working in your heart as you seek to live as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.