Wednesday, October 23, 2013

+DEV+ Pruning Serves A Purpose

Date: October 23, 2013 9:33 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Pruning Serves A Purpose

Pruning Serves A Purpose

"This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." (John 15:8)

Scripture Focus: John 15:1-8

"Stop!" a voice cried behind me. "My plum tree!" I turned to see my customer running toward me. New to owning fruit trees, she didn't know that young trees need to be pruned. This strategic cutting makes for a stronger tree and better fruit. After some explanation, she reluctantly let me continue.

From time to time God cuts back the branches of our lives, for His glory and our good. But often we yell, “Stop!" We have worked hard to grow those branches, and we want to keep them. Ultimately though, we must admit that God, in His wisdom, knows what will make us better people. He has a lesson for us to learn. Through the experience, we'll come to understand "remaining in Him" and what Jesus meant when He called Himself the vine and us the branches.

Pruning hurts. But it serves a purpose: "...every branch that does not bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful." (John 15:2b). And about that plum tree-eventually it bore more fruit than my customer knew what to do with!

Insight: Our Heavenly Father is the master gardener who knows just how and when to remove our unproductive branches. He does all things well.

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