John 15:2 (New International Version)
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.
Crepe Myrtles are beautiful with vibrant leaves and gorgeous blooms. When planted the single trunk soon multiplies into many branches with suckers nipped at the base. By the second year it only grows a few inches. As you read about them you see that you have to remove what was stunting its growth.
If plants could speak, they’d say “Ouch” when pruned. They don’t comprehend we’re doing them a favor. Plants grow through photosynthesis and from nutrients in the soil, but without pruning their growth is undirected and their fruit less than possible.
When connected to the vine (Jesus) by faith, we also inherit the potential to bear fruit, but pruning is required for efficiency. 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 15:2)
Unlike plants who can’t speak, I usually say, “Ouch” when God prunes me. Or “Can’t you figure out a better way to get me on track?” God knows I can’t grow in the right direction, at the desired rate or produce the fruit I’m capable of without a little help now and then. So He’s pruned me through sickness, disappointment, depression, discouragement, broken relationships, death and a multitude of other things I’d rather forget.
But I’m taller and leaner now, and most of the suckers have disappeared. The worries that were there are less and anxiety only shows up occasionally. My trust factor is stronger, and I enjoy each day God allows me to wake up. So don’t resist God’s pruning. Enjoy it however he does it, knowing you’ll be more fruitful afterwards.
Dear Lord please enable us to trust Your pruning, realizing that You are working to develop us to our full potential. In Jesus’ name, Amen.