Pruning the Vine

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.  Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except in abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

John 15:1-4

As I read this passage of scripture, I started thinking about pruning grapes and fruit trees.  I enjoy gardening and I have several types of fruit trees and vines that need pruned.  I know that this is not the doctrinal context of the passage, but reading about pruning the branches that don’t bear fruit got me thinking.

We all have things in our lives that we could say don’t really bear fruit.  We all have things that we do that aren’t productive.  We should be taking a long, hard look at those things.  Some of them are necessary – even the Lord Jesus had to come apart and rest from time to time.  We are not super human.  We need rest and diversion from time to time.  But some of them are just pure wastes of time.  Those are the ones that we can afford to prune out.

If I have fruit tree with branches that never bear fruit, I take them out.  That allows the branches that do produce fruit to have more light, more air, and more nutrients.  They then begin to produce even more fruit.  It is the same in our lives.  If we can prune out the things that don’t need to be there, the things that do need to be there will begin to flourish even more!

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