At first, it doesn’t seem to make sense. How could cutting back a fruit tree actually help it to grow stronger? Apparently, lopping off dormant and diseased buds and branches helps train the tree to be structurally sound. Those branches are competing for attention with the healthy parts of the tree and are literally sucking away its life.
As I look back over my spiritual journey, I see where God decided to prune some unhealthy habits out of my life. I needed to let go of those things that were hindering my growth and competing for my attention so that I could be more fruitilicious.
Pruning is painful. I don’t like pain. But, I need to remember that the Master Gardener has a plan. I need to surrender to the shears and trust His vision.
“I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer.
He cuts off every branch of me
that doesn’t bear grapes.
And every branch that is grape-bearing
He prunes back so it will bear even more.
You are already pruned back
by the message I have spoken.”
John 15:1-3, MSG
Q4U: Do you find pruning to be painful? How has God’s pruning lead to greater growth in your life?