I could not locate the original author of “Being a Christian is like Being an Pumpkin,” but I love to share this analogy every year in October. It is a quite simple way to share the truth of Christ, and I love simple. Someone once asked the question, what is it like to be a Christian, and the answer given was, “Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God picks you up from the patch and brings you in. Then He washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, fear, hate, and greed. He carves you a new smiling face. And then He puts His light inside of you for all the world to see.” It can’t get much simpler than that! Let’s break it down just a bit more.
First of all, we recognize that God chooses us. Can we even comprehend the significance of this? He picked me. He loves me. We wants me. God knows all the ugly details of my heart and my life, but still He selected me to be His very own. The thought of this always amazes me. I know I’m a mess and a handful, yet our heavenly Father looked down and said, “I want that kinky headed girl. She’ll be a challenge, but I don’t shy away from challenges.” He picked me, and oh how happy I am that He did! “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” John 15:16
Next, He washes all the dirt away. Yep, God cleans us right up. God knows that we could never earn righteousness, so He devised a great plan to unite us with Him. He sent his Son as a propitiation for our sins so that we may be made right. When we accept Christ as our Savior, we get a heart change. We are changed from the inside out. The changes may be gradual at first as we learn to walk with Christ, but once our hearts belong to Him, we become clean. He shed His blood so that we might be as white as snow. Clean! We become a new person in Christ. We are no longer that old person, and we begin to walk in the newness of life with Christ. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
When God cleans us up, he gets rid of all that yucky stuff that keeps us down. He will remove all the seeds of doubt, fear, hate, and greed if we allow Him to. We may try to hang on to these seeds, or we may find it difficult to let those seeds go, but with Christ, we can rest assured that He’s got it. Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ. We don’t have to be slaves to sin any longer. We can pray to our Father, and let that stuff go! Doubt, fear, hate, and greed are from the devil. We don’t need those things in our life. As we grow closer in our daily walk with Christ, we can slowly but surely turn away from our old sinful selves, and no longer be slaves to sin! “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6
Then He carves a smiling face on us. This is one of my favorite parts. I love that movie “Elf”, and my favorite quote from the movie is “I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite.” The reason I love that is because smiling is my favorite too! I love to smile. We have been masked up for six months now, and it’s hard to see a smile, but guess what? Mask or no mask, if someone is truly smiling, you can see it in their eyes. It’s called a Duchenne smile. When someone is truly smiling, their mouth turns upward and their eyes light up. Their whole face smiles. That is the kind of smile that Christ puts on the face of a believer. When I think about all that Christ has done for me, I can’t help but have a great big old goofy smile on my face. The gift of salvation is truly something to smile about! “I will shout for joy and sing your praises, for you have ransomed me.” Psalm 71:23
Finally, we let our light shine. We just can’t keep all of this good news to ourselves. When we are full of Christ, we can’t help but let the goodness of Christ overflow to those we come in contact with. Everyone that sees us should see a light. They should see the reflection of the Son within us. Non-believers should look at a believer, and say, “there is definitely something different about that person. I want some of what they have!” When our light for Christ shines brightly, the world will see. They will know that we are His children, and our light will plant seeds! Let your light shine! “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:16
Today, I ask you, “Are you God’s pumpkin?” If you aren’t today is the best pumpkin picking day I can think of. Go to the Lord, and let Him know you are ready to be picked. It’s time to be cleaned up and get rid of that yucky stuff. Let Christ put a smile on your face that lights up any room! I am so glad that I am God’s pumpkin!