Monday – Gospels
Reading – John 15
“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”
John 15:2 NLT
Sounds harsh; maybe a bit painful.
When I was 40, I was 50 pounds overweight. I had to break up with my two best friends – Dr. Pepper and Little Debbie. It wasn’t easy. If you’ve seen me recently, you know I’m still not at my ideal weight. But I’m a lot closer than I was then. I’m not getting tons of cavities anymore either.
And that was a relatively easy pruning.
There have been more painful things that have been chopped off my life over the years. Stuff that has dragged me down and kept me from being who I can be.
I’m sure there will be more to come.
Some things God has had to to prune for me.
Others, I have laid down willingly.
Slowly over the years, I’ve seen the spiritual fruit improve. Some years have been more fruitful than others. Some fruit I’ve never seen but I know it’s out there.
Every successful pruning has been an act of God. I lack the power to make a clean cut.
The secret is being willing to be pruned.
Are you willing to let the Master Gardener prune your life?
Are there things you need to ask Him to prune today?