PODCAST: The Pumpkin and You (Gospel Light Minute X #459 with Daniel Whyte III)

What’s Inside? (GLMX #459)

This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #459 titled, “What’s Inside?” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.

This time of year, we see pumpkins everywhere, and many people like to turn them into jack-o’-lanterns by carving a funny or scary face. Carving a pumpkin can be a lot of fun.

Have you ever made a jack-o’-lantern? If you have, then you know that the first step is to find just the right pumpkin. This can be hard, because pumpkins are all very different. They can be big or small, skinny or round, and even come in different colors. But all pumpkins have two things in common: a tough outside, and a slimy inside filled with seeds.

IN SOME WAYS, WE’RE JUST LIKE PUMPKINS!

Just like a pumpkin, we have an outside and an inside. The outside is our body, the part that we can see when we look in the mirror. The other part of us, which we can’t see, is our spirit and soul. These parts, which make us who we are, cannot be seen with our eyes. But God, who made us, can see past what we can see and look at every part of us. The Bible says in Psalm 139:1, “O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me”.

WHAT DOES GOD SEE WHEN HE LOOKS INSIDE US?

A pumpkin is filled with yucky, slimy, pumpkin goo. When God looks at us, He sees that we are filled with the bad things we have done. These bad things are called sin. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. Our sin separates us from God, and keeps us out of Heaven. 

HOW CAN WE BE MADE CLEAN?

Just like we can scoop out the yucky inside of a pumpkin to make a jack-o’-lantern, God can take away all of the sin inside us and make us clean. How can He do this? God loves us so much that He sent His perfect Son, Jesus Christ, to take the punishment for our sins.

Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins, and then rose back to life three days later. This proves that He is the Son of God and has the power to make us clean! The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?

Romans 10:9 teaches us that “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” This means that all you need to do is:

1) Admit to God that you are a sinner.

2) Believe that Jesus died for you and rose again.

3) Ask God to save you, and trust that He will!

When you put your trust in Jesus Christ, God takes away your sin and makes you a new person. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. He also puts His light in you so you can shine brightly for Jesus!

The Bible says in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour in the free pardon of your sins. Allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your souls salvation from the power of sin and from the punishment of sin in that awful place called Hell. Please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.

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