At some point this tree had some of its limbs pruned and the pruning helped it grow larger and stronger. As we live our lives for Christ, are there things in our lives that need to be pruned?
“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 does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. In order for us to grow and be strong we need to be connected to the vine. We remain connected to the vine by spending time in His Word, in prayer and in community with other believers. Before you can even begin to look at what in your life may need to be pruned, you need to make sure you are well connected to the vine.
We are able to bear the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control when we allow the Holy Spirit rule in our hearts and minds. Look back over that list of attributes. Are you bearing them in the world? In order for us to bear the fruit of His Spirit, we need to be focused on Him.
If we are to bear His fruit fully in our lives and the lives of those around us, we need to allow the Lord to hep us prune what we don’t need in our lives. What in your life is preventing you from focusing on the Lord and bearing His fruit? Are you spending too much time working, watching TV, being on the internet, acquiring possessions, playing a sport or doing a hobby? It isn’t that the Lord doesn’t want us to have these things in our lives, but we need to keep them in balance so they don’t hinder how well connected we are to the vine.
Spend some time today seeking the Lord and asking Him to reveal the things in your life you need to allow Him to prune. They may be sins He wants you to recognize, seek forgiveness and repent from or they may be things that in and of themselves aren’t bad, but they are distracting you from spending time with Him. Let’s be brave and allow the Lord to prune the things in our lives so we can bear even more fruit for Him!
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- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com