Fruit; Part 3

As a teenager, I grew up on a ranch. We raised some cattle, goats, pigs and chickens. On the ranch we had a large grove of fruit trees. Every year we would prune the trees, cutting off any branches that were overgrown or no longer producing fruit. When we were finished, the trees seemed damaged and bare with many of the branches removed. All this pruning seemed counter-productive at the time. But the reality is, if the tree is not pruned it will not produce it's full potential of fruit. Left unpruned long enough and the tree will eventually die.

This is also true in my life. There are things in me that produce no good fruit. Things that God wants to do away with. The act of pruning in my life can be painful, as unproductive behavior is removed and discarded. When I have turned my life over to God, He becomes the gardener. Slowly, lovingly, He prunes me so I can develop into the beautiful tree that He has in mind for me to become. Only then will I reach my full potential!

John 15:1-4 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me."

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