I am the true vine, my Father is the vine-dresser. He gets rid of any of my branches which are not bearing fruit and he prunes just about every branch that does bear fruit to improve its yield. (PHILLIPS)
Those who know a issue or two about gardening inform us that pruning a flower or shrub is the very best way of making sure continual progress. Pruning seems to be harmful, but clever trimming does not destroy. It enhances and enriches inspite of appearances.
So, it is with the daily life of religion. It is fascinating that Jesus only would seem to present two options. One is that of becoming discarded, currently being rendered fruitless. A reference to those who even with showing to belong to Jesus have no important link with him. The sap of lifestyle does movement as a result of them.
This is no description of those who wrestle to stick to Jesus and who find it hard and drift from time to time. This is a whole disconnect. And we will need to bear in mind that we are not the types to last but not least establish just who belongs in that classification. We leave that to the divine gardener.
The only group otherwise outlined is that of those people who do bear fruit but who he prunes in these a way as to bear additional fruit. There is no point out of God just permitting people today have an quick experience to their destiny. All those of us who have this divine connection, who have the sap of God’s lifetime flowing via us, are not remaining to only bask in the warm daylight.
We are pruned, trimmed, not simply because the gardener has a grudge towards us or delights in making items difficult for us. Instead he wishes us to developed into our destiny. If that seems a little bit messy along the way, so be it. We just have to trust that God the gardener appreciates what he is performing. We belief that the untidy mess we seem to be in is his way of creating his backyard garden increase.