Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pruning - John 15:1-2

In John 15:1-2 Jesus says, “I am the true vine, and my father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”

Years ago wife and I had a tree in our front yard trimmed. The worker warned us that at first the tree would look pretty bad, but it would quickly produce many new branches. He was right. About two months later I was stunned to see how full the tree looked. As I examined each branch, I realized that in every spot where a branch was trimmed the tree grew four, five, and even six new branches. And in a short amount of time the tree looks more beautiful than ever.

We too need to be trimmed and pruned. Dead branches in our lives need to be cut off. The parts of our lives that are producing fruit for the glory of God need to be pruned so we can be even more fruitful for Him.

We need to turn to Scripture and say, “Lord, trim me with the truth of your word.” We need to go to our family and friends and ask, “What in me needs to be cut off so I can be more fruitful for God?” We need to pray to our Heavenly Father to prune us so we can grow and accomplish more for him and his kingdom.

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