I’ve had pumpkins on my brain this week. But of course with all of the scented candles I’ve smelled and spiced lattes I’ve seen, who wouldn’t? Not to mention we’ve already finished off a couple of pies.
I learned something interesting about pumpkins today. Did you know that pumpkin is considered a fruit? So are peppers, and as you probably know, so are tomatoes. But why? What sets them apart?
As I got to reading, I quickly discovered that there are a few ways in which fruit and vegetables differ, the most obvious way is that fruit will always bear seeds. It’s for this reason that a banana is generally considered a berry and strawberries are classified as a fruit.
Meriam Webster writes, “Anything that grows on a plant and is the means by which that plant gets its seeds out into the world is a fruit.”
By this, we’re reminded of the divine purpose of Spiritual fruit.
The Bible tells us that,
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV)
While this fruit makes for a wonderful life, it’s not all that it does. As we’re bearing fruit, we’re sowing seeds that draw others to Christ. The Bible says whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly. And so, we must be fruitful in every good work. Walking in a manner that is worthy of our calling. Living in such a way that is pleasing to God.
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Every time you see a pumpkin this week think of one small way that you can bless another person, and spread the love of Christ.
So that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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