The last couple of days, we have been studying John 15:1-8. I mentioned that the fruit that we were to bear refers to a thought, an attitude, behavior or good works. The fruit that we are to bear should being glory to God and help others to believe in Him, through our actions.
Yesterday, I wrote about the first of three things that must take place in order for us to bear fruit. We must be lifted up from dirt. God does this through disciplining us! Discipline is what happens when our loving Father steps in our lives to lift us away from our destructive and unfruitful activities.II. WE MUST BE PRUNED
Today we are going to talk about the first of three things that must take place before bearing fruit:
“…while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” ~ John 15:2b (NIV)
Discipline removes our sin while pruning changes our priorities. Pruning is very important for the vine to produce abundant crop.
Ø It removes growth that is dead or dying,
Ø to make sure sunlight can get to all fruit-bearing branches,
Ø to increase the size and quality of the fruit, and
Ø to encourage new fruit to develop.
The vine’s ability to produce growth increases each year, but without intensive pruning the plant weakens and its crop diminishes. Mature branches must be pruned hard to achieve maximum yield.
Same thing happens with us. God, being an expert vinedresser, cut away parts of our life that are not helpful for our growth and maturity. Various trials come to test our faith in Him. Hardship comes and invites you to surrender something of great value to God.
The people we love… God wants us to surrender and entrust them to His loving arms. In this case He is pruning closely what really matters to you- not to take something good from you but to become Lord of all you desire.
Our right to know why certain things are happening to us… The Lord asks us to surrender our lives to Him that though we don’t understand His ways we still enjoy the life He has given us because we are secured in His loving arm.
Our love for money and possession… The love of money is the root of all evil. Being a servant of it demands a lot from us: time, energy, and loyalty.
The source of our significant… These are the things that give us the sense of importance and achievement, eg. ministry, career, goals, etc.
“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.” ~ Phil. 3:7-8 (NLT)
Pruning is cutting, and cutting hurts! But the most fruitful and most joy-filled Christians are the most pruned Christian you will find. Let us therefore surrender everything to God and allow Him to prune us.
Continue to “Called to Bear Fruit Abundantly – Part 4“