1 I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
2 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

Do you desire new growth and increase in your life?

If so, then you must let God prune you. Often people think pruning is a painful process but the truth is, it is a liberation process. It unburdens what is weighing you down and keeps you from possessing all of what you have in Christ.

Jesus depicts God as your Vine-dresser who will constantly and consistently do two things. He has to take you through this process for Him to fulfil what He has promised you in Christ.

First, when a branch that does not bear fruit, the vinedresser “takes away” (the Greek word is, airo which means “to lift up, to raise and elevate”) or raise the branch up so that it gets all the sunlight it needs to thrive and bear fruit. Here is a picture of the gospel. If you are not growing as spiritually as you should be, God will repair you, and not rip you apart. God will shape and mould you through the revelation of His Son again and again so that you are enlightened by the riches of His grace and become fruitful through Christ (Ephesians 1:15-21).

Second, when a vinedresser sees a fruit-bearing branch is weighed down by mud, he will prune (the Greek word for “pruning” is kathairō which means “cleanse or clear of filth and dirt”) or clean up that branch so that it will produce more fruit. Pruning is worth it because God wants to make you more fruitful than ever. You can be fruitful and become even more fruitful because God has already cleansed you in Christ (John 15:3). This cleansing is a life made righteous and holy by Christ in you—how wonderful it is, that is from Christ and through Christ and for Christ, you can be fruitful in every good work in His Name (Colossians 1:10).

God is pruning you, not bruising you.

As such, be glad to receive any pruning needed in your life so that you can grow and stay fruitful in Christ. In doing so, you will reveal and display more and more His image and likeness in every area of your life. My prayer is that not only will you bear good fruit but the fruit you bear will last (John 15:16).

Reflection

Can you identify an area that you need more of God’s “pruning” right now?


© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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