So, this past weekend, my fiancé Dacota & I spent the afternoon carving pumpkins….with Christmas music & a nice, toasty fireplace on the TV! (thank you Netflix!!!)
While we were carving, I began to ponder about the whole process it takes, you know, cut the top off, take the gunk out of the inside, decide what it is you may want to carve into the pumpkin, actually carving it, & then putting that candle inside to make it shine in the night!
If you think about it, we are kinda a pumpkin with Christ & he is the carver & creator of our lives if we allow it to be. & if he’s in charge, I know I’m gonna be carved into quite the spectacular pumpkin.
Here we all are, all pumpkins, all full of the “gunky insides” containing plenty of seeds & stringy pumpkin stuff just living our lives. & those gunky insides are probably your struggles in yourself whether that be bitterness, impurity, the things you idolize, selfishness, bad language, etc.
My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins-and not only our sins, but the sins of the world. 1 John 2:1-2 NLT
Praise God that He can throw sin all away! He’ll put all that gunk away, & we are way to blessed to have had Jesus Christ bear it all for sinners like us. It’s through redemption we are able to become new in Him.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. Ephesians 1:7 ESV
Once we have Him in our lives, the more and more God is able to carve into us His word, His actions, & our confidence we have in Him & through this we become less of ourselves, while gaining Christ, & loving others more the way Christ loves us all. So during the “carving stage” we see ourselves striving to gain the deeper relationship with God & we are able to find the faith in Him while also finding His will for our lives as we allow Him to shape us to be what He planned for us in the beginning.
& when we are able to really come to know Christ & become confident in His word that is living…
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ESV
then, we are ready to shine & share that light that Jesus has put in us.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, & the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 3:7 ESV