Being a Christian (a believer in Christ Jesus) is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and carefully washes off all the dirt. Then He cuts the top off and scoops out all the yucky stuff; removing all the seeds of selfishness, doubt, disbelief, hate & greed. Last, He gives you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you for all the world to see!
Read that many years ago, (author unknown) and cherish the visual!
What a loving Father we have. He doesn’t take from us any good thing but gives to us!
He fills his children with His precious Holy Spirit and they bear fruit! He removes all the yucky stuff and replaces it with spiritual seeds of greatness, our thoughts establish the growing environment and faith fuels the growing process! “But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.” – Galatians 5:22-23. And He doesn’t stop there!
He then gives His children gifts; the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:1-2).
And bestows us with spiritual gifts: “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Holy Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge; to another faith; to another the gifts of healing; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” -1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Are you just like everybody else in the pumpkin patch of this world? Or have you been specially picked, chosen for this time, changed from the inside out and shining with “the light of the world” (John 8:12); bearing fruit to the glory of God?