Carving Pumpkins and the Gospel
Lacey and I recently took the boys to a pumpkin patch and we let them each choose and pick a pumpkin. I then lugged the pumpkins back to the car and we took them home to carve them up. As you probably know we began by cutting the top of out and then removing the inside stuff. After creating an adequate sized hole around the stem that would allow us to get our hands inside to clean the pumpkin, both boys emphatically made known their disgust for the foul smell, as well as the slimy and gooey and disgusting feeling that they felt as a part of the gutting process.
Lacey seized this opportunity as teaching moment to pump more of the gospel into the minds of the boys. She told the boys that we are each like a pumpkin before trusting in Christ. The inside of the pumpkin is like our sin. Our sin is dirty, stinky, and disgusting to God. But God, being rich in mercy can remove our disgusting sin by faith in Christ, making us useful for God’s glory through the power of the Holy Spirit. Once Christ has saved us by faith He can use us to shine for God just a pumpkin shines in the night after it has been cleaned out and made ready for light and the purpose it was altered for (Ephesians 2:1-10).
This may seem silly, but in the life of a home with two small boys it is a thoughtful way of making Jesus relevant with every family moment. If we would only be intentional and thoughtful there are so many ways to get the gospel into the little minds of children. Take the time to do something special with your family and then as you are going (Matthew 28:19-20) think of ways to show and tell the gospel. God might use the carving of a pumpkin to burn the story of the gospel into a little mind. All things are made by Jesus and for Him (Col. 1:16). We just have to figure out how and apply it.