One of the fun parts of the fall season and specifically around the time of Halloween is the opportunity to carve a pumpkin. For me carving pumpkins was always something I looked forward to as a kid, but you know what? We actually have a lot in common with pumpkins. Actually in a way the relationship between humans and pumpkins is a bit like God with us.
Let me explain…
We all know that in order to sculpt our pumpkin masterpiece we first need to dig out all the muck from inside it. In order to get this stuff out of the pumpkin we have to open it up to get inside. Once we finally get all the junk out of the pumpkin we can begin to form this pumpkin into the shape or face that we want.
Then finally once it is finished we light a candle on the inside so we can see the light shining from it’s face.
In this scenario the pumpkin is us, and God is the sculptor. Man’s nature is to sin so on the inside we are pretty disgusting. God wants to clean us up and make us a new creation but first we need to open up to him (like opening a pumpkin).
Once we have been opened up God can reach inside us and begin a work of cleaning the gunk out of our lives and from our mind.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
But he’s not done yet, once all the gunk is gone God can continue his work in us and form us into a mighty man of God to serve His purpose, after all we are made in God’s image.
Finally once we have become a new creation God’s light can shine and radiate through our faces to the rest of the world.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Just like your lovingly crafted pumpkin may be your masterpiece, God also considers each of us a masterpiece of His creation.
Have you allowed God to clean out your mind? And does His light shine through you?