John 15:1-2 I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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.
This biblical principle – this act of pruning- is absolutely necessary for producing an abundant harvest in the vineyard just as it is in business.
The dead wood must be cut away in due season and the good branches lovingly cut back to spur fresh growth.
The problem with pruning, of course, is that it hurts! Whether in our relationships, our stock portfolios or those “good” things in life that may sometimes impede our spiritual growth, none of us likes to experience the pain of an occasional pruning. In fact, we would rather avoid it altogether.
Without it, though, we miss out on God’s highest and best for us… “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” It does require great trust and faith in the character of the vinedresser.
God’s Word is the perfect tool for pruning us. God’s Word is sharp so that it can remove the unwanted “branches” in our lives without harming us.
The result: God’s glory and our joy.
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