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I’ve been talking a lot about dealing with baggage, hurts, wounds, and stuff that holds us back in our Kingdom walk. I have discussed how we need to be zealous to get rid of those things in our lives that hinder us from walking in full fellowship with God. Still, sometimes there is a time where Jesus takes care of stuff for us.
I am talking about pruning season where the Master gardener comes and cuts out the dead, useless, and often times worthless branches. We think we are ok and we are doing things that please the Father, and we may be bearing some fruit but to the world, they see a half-dead tree. If we are truly abiding in him then every branch will bear fruit.
Abiding is Pruning
John 15:2, “every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and
every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
Verse 4 “Abide in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
The meaning of truly abiding in Christ is often misunderstood, but it is simple to understand. Abide means to remain stable, fixed, wait patiently and accept without objection. Jesus uses the illustration of a vine. He calls Himself the master gardener, vinedresser, and pruner.
If you have never grown grapes, scuppernongs, or muscadines, then this illustration may not be familiar. However, even if you have done any gardening, whether flowers, fruit trees, berries, or vegetables, you know the principle still applies.
I used to help my grandmother with her vines. Every year after the fruit was picked and gone, we had to determine which branches needed pruning. You see, we are the branches, and Jesus is the vine. He is the one the supplies the sap to the branches. The branches are nothing without Him.
That pretty much illustrates abiding. The branches yield to the vine and are unable to grow or produce fruit without the vine.
The branches grow and sometimes they just produce green leaves and no fruit. When a branch continues to bear no fruit, it is worthless from producing grapes or fruit. It needs to be cut back so new life will stream forth, and it can produce fruit and not just leaves. Knowing where to make the proper cut to prune is vital. Cut too short, and it may do no more than just produce two worthless branches. Cut too close to the vine, and it may trigger the branch to wither and die.
So you see, while abiding means life, pruning is a part of abiding and means hope to bear fruit again. Who wants just to produce leaves and look good. Yet, that is how we often do in the kingdom of God, we do a lot of things, but they really bear no fruit for the kingdom.
It’s Our Turn
It’s time to examine our lives and everything that we do. Is it bearing fruit, or is it making us feel good and look good? Why do we do what we do anyway? What is our motive? Maybe we are doing exactly what He told us, but it has become mundane and void of life.
There are many reasons why we stop producing fruit in any given area. If we are not in a state of continuous worship, prayer, and daily in the Word, we loosen the vine’s flow, and we are unable to receive. Perhaps we have grown into a big branch, looking like a superstar, and we just need to be cur back. Whatever the case, let Jesus highlight those things in your life today and allow Him to make the cuts. If we do it ourselves, we will surely make a mess.
After all, He is the vinedresser, and He knows what He is doing! Jesus, we thank you that it is pruning season, and we permit you to prune us back. WE also allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse and heal the wounds where the pruning cuts. WE choose not to be offended at you or any means by which you use to prune us.
Thank Jesus for preparing us to bear much fruit in the days ahead.
Enjoy pruning season with the Master.