John 15 As Evidenced in the Garden

In my earlier years of being a follower of Jesus, I often was a bit fearful after reading a passage like John 15:1-8. Here, Jesus talks about God the Father, like a landscaper, in today’s terms, will “cut 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.” This used to freak me out—would God cut off a part of me before I was ready? Would it hurt? Could it be scary?

Sunday’s pruning of plants led me to our society garlic plants, which were in need of a major trimming. It occurred to me that the only part of the plant I was removing were those places that were no longer bearing fruit. All for the purpose of the overall plant being more fruitful. Indeed. God is in the business of every so often changing the things in front of us—a job, relationships, circumstances, interests and opportunities—to help us be more fruitful and remain in Him. Thanks be to God.

2 thoughts on “John 15 As Evidenced in the Garden

  1. This post made me smile… I love pruning, and I always think of John 15 when I do it. I cut our Orange tree back to just a trunk and our bushes to the same point — explaining to my boys that I didn't want the trees and bushes to just "grow" but that I wanted them to flourish! Sometimes, I said, we even gotta cut some living stuff away because it isn't good for the plant – taking important nutrients away from the part of the plant that really needs it.And it has taken a LONG time to see fruit on our tree again, but it is finally blossomed and is ripening…slowly.I am often still sometimes fearful and at times without faith – especially the past couple of years that have been hard – when He IS pruning, and then I remember that I am already clean because of the word He has spoken to me… It is taking a long time to see good fruit again… but my oranges are back so I am confident. I amy have to write about that…Thanks for sharing. You have blessed me today.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Ty. Growth is a slow process, sometimes much more slow than we would hope for. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the oranges, soon.

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