PRUNING THE BRANCHES

John 15:1-8

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. John 15:1-2

Roses take the right amount of fertilizer and sunlight to produce beautiful buds. The location of the plant and type of soil are also important. However, another element is essential to producing healthy rose bushes, and that is pruning. The rule, according to one grower, is to “prune until you see good wood.”

Along with the obvious dead wood, grower cut away any small shoots they know wont’ produce buds. When the plan is the most vulnerable from battling winter freezes and icy temperatures, the pruner takes his shears and trims away everything that threatens to limit its growth and flowering.

So it is with us. Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:1-2 NASB).

God cuts away the dross in our lives until He sees “good wood.” Without pruning, we would never bear the sweet fragrance of Christ. It is in the cutting that God strips us of ourselves and shapes us to His image.

Don’t become discouraged at His pruning touch. God is constantly at work in the lives of those He plans to use greatly.

O God, even in the midst of difficulties I know that You are at work in my life, I praise You!

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