“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. John 15:1-2
Pruning is the process of cutting limbs from a plant to keep it healthy and productive. If there are branches that are not producing any fruit, they will be cut off completely. As we follow Jesus, we also require pruning in order to grow and change.
What others see is a reflection of what’s going on inside of us. As a follower of Jesus, others should see fruit in your life. If you are not seeing fruit in your life, maybe it’s time to connect with Jesus. Get connected to the source that will give you abundant life and produce that fruit in you.If you are in a season of pruning, it is because you are connecting to Jesus. You are growing, you are changing, and Jesus is making you into something more beautiful, something richer and better than what you already are.
Jesus is not content with letting you stay the way you are — He wants more for you. He wants the absolute best for your life! If our priority is on ourselves and our comfort and pleasure, the Vinedresser’s care may seem painful. We need to focus on bearing fruit as we stay attached to Jesus, the True Vine. See pruning as an act of help and assurance of the vinedresser’s care. The vinedresser is close, His loving eyes are seeking the best for the vineyard. Jesus cares for you, and although the process may be painful and uncomfortable, He is not OK with letting you stay where you are when something more beautiful is waiting.
I Declare: I am a good branch, abiding in the true vine and bearing good fruit. As a good branch, I store good things in my heart. I bring forth fruit that pleases my father!
Ignite Thought: All a branch needs to bear more fruit is to abide in the vine! !