Sunday, August 28, 2016

Parable of the Watermelons

God created watermelons to either be round or football-shaped, so how did those melons in the picture become square? Someone purposely tampered with them to modify their shape. The melons were each placed inside a plastic box when they were small. As they grew, they were molded into the exact shape of the container.

The parable of the square watermelons shows us how this world tries to mold us into something that God never intended us to be. The political correctness mold dictates how we must talk and think. It constantly tries to brainwash us—telling us that right is wrong, and wrong is right. The world imposes its sexual immorality mold on us, while God tells His followers to stay morally pure (1 Thess. 4:3). Young people are pressured fit into the popularity mold so they will make bad choices that can ruin their lives. If we listen to these wrong voices long enough, we'll eventually turn into a square melon.

God says, "Don't let the world squeeze you into its mold" (Rom. 12:2, Phillips Transl.). To keep from being squeezed into the wrong molds, your inward character must be stronger than the pressure being applied from the outside. If you squeeze a cracker in your hand it will crumble because the outward pressure is greater than the inward strength. But you if squeeze a baseball, nothing will happen because the inside is greater than the outside.

To keep from being squeezed, purpose in your heart to love God more than this world (1 John 2:15). Daily walk with God. Stay in contact with the Lord every day by talking with Him in prayer and listening to Him. Read His Word every day. Don’t make this a legalistic duty, but do it to stay in fellowship with Him. Start today. It will keep you from getting bent out of shape. 
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