John 15:2 “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.”
When I was a kid, one of the chores I had to do each year and hated doing was thinning the fruit on the trees. We had quite a few fruit trees growing up. We had peach, nectarine, plum, lowquat, lemon, orange, pomegranate, and avocado trees, plus a grape vine. The concept behind thinning the fruit is that for every one developing fruit you leave on the tree, you remove two other developing fruit so that the remaining fruit will get more nutrients and grow larger and sweeter. It always seemed like such a waste of fruit to me plus took most of a perfectly good day to accomplish.
God does the same thing with us. God prunes the fruitful branches so that they will be even more fruitful. Maybe you have experienced this in your own life. Areas of your life where you saw some potential to bear fruit seem to dry up and go away while others continue to be fruitful. God desires us to bear fruit for Him; God calls us to bear fruit for Him; and God cultivates us so that we bear fruit for Him. Our Awesome God is into abundant crops. “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Mark 4:20.
- Where is God pruning in your life?
- Are you resisting the pruning or embracing it?
- Where is God calling you to be even more fruitful?