Living Fruitful

 John 15:1-2 NLT

  “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 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.

Jesus is the vine.  We are nourished and given life through Him.  God is the gardener that prunes the vine.   When you grow tomatoes you have to break off certain shoots so that the plant will be sturdy.  If there are too many buds on the vine then all the tomatoes will be small but if you trim some of the buds back then the tomatoes will be big and strong because the vine will be nourishing only the buds that are left. The buds that are broken off and fall to the ground are worthless apart from the vine.  They will not produce tomatoes.  Pruning the tomato buds off the vine actually make the vine stronger and able to produce better fruit. 

That’s how it is with God.  Sometimes we can have so many vines out there that we aren’t really producing much fruit for the Lord.  It may seem like we are doing lots of things but nothing is really producing.  I have a crepe myrtle tree in my front yard and it really looks lanky.  It has limbs protruding everywhere but when the time to bud comes it looks really bare and not very pretty.  Sometimes that’s how are lives can be and we need to allow God to prune us so that instead of having many unmanageable limbs we will be bearing more fruit.  We will have less limbs and buds but we will have healthy fruit.

 God does not put sickness or tragedy on us to prune us.  But have you ever been in a place where it seems like doors are shutting and everything you do is not working.  Pruning..  We need to get the distractions broken off so that our real roots and purpose in life can get watered and nourished by the vine.  Things that we are trying to do in our own strength will not be nourished by the vine because we are severed from him like the broken off tomato buds.  Jesus is the vine and we must stay connected to him or it won’t work out very well.

I pray Father God that you would help me to let go of the extra things in my life that are drawing my attention away from you.  Help me to remember that you are the vine and I draw my nourishment from you and not from this world.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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