As we approach the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, it is a great time to take stock in how we are spending our time. Are you exhausted just thinking about the upcoming holiday season? Maybe you need to think about pruning some of the activities in your life.
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.
We are to bear fruit for the Lord and it is hard for us to bear fruit if we are too busy to spend time with him. When you look at your calendar for the week, are you so busy that you don’t have time spend with the Lord in prayer or spend time reading His Word? If your calendar is already completely booked, it may be time for you to prune some of the activities in your life.
It is not possible for us to bear fruit if, as branches, we are not connected to the vine.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
Another way for us to be connected to the vine is to be part of a Christian community. If your week is too busy for you to be part of a Bible study, small group or to attend church, perhaps things in your life need some pruning.
We live in a society where we feel the more we do the more successful we are. However, Jesus reminds us without Him, we can do nothing. If we don’t have time to spend with Him, we won’t know what He wants us to do.
Spend some time looking at your calendar. Are you saying “yes” to too many activities that are preventing you from having time with the Lord? Seek the Lord and see if there are activities you are involved in that are preventing you from bearing His fruit. Sometimes doing less can actually mean bearing more fruit in your life. More is not always better. Less can be exactly what Christ requires of us.
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com
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