“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 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. (John 15:1-2)
We have a beautiful grape vine along the back of my house. As spring time rolled around we had a family friend come and trim down the vine because if you don’t it will grow wild and produce little fruit. It will choke itself off from being as much as it can be. Much the same when we try to take charge of our lives, we to ‘grow wild’. We go off on tangents and do works that bear little if any spiritual fruit because it is not directed by God. God can and will trim our spiritual vines and bring us back into order so that we can begin to bear abundant spiritual fruit as He has always intended. We only have to let Him.
How have your efforts ‘grown wild’ in the past?
Is there any area of your life that you think could benefit from pruning? Why?
Are there times in your life you feel bear no fruit? What do you think you can do to change those times?
The vine grows towards the sun with little regard to what is best for it. When properly groomed, the vine grows with a designed purpose insuring it is happy and full of life. Ask God today for His purposeful hand on your life.
Walking With God
Director of Out of School Care at Sunridge Community Church in West Kelowna BC, Canada