Pruning to Bear Fruit

In John 15:1-2, Jesus gives us a tremendous lesson in life.  He said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”

Jesus was using something every horticulturalist knew.  The best way for a plant to bear fruit is to prune it.  By definition, pruning is the horticultural practice of selectively removing parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots.  The purpose of pruning is to make a plant more productive.  Over time, a plant develops unproductive branches and buds, which take energy by its mere existence.  Pruning removes the things that take energy from fruitfulness, thus allowing the plant to focus on what is really important.

In the same way, we need to strip away the things that distract us from the important things in life in order to focus our energies on the things that are really important. 

For instance, spending time with family is really important.  There may be things in our lives that distract us from spending quality time with our loved ones.  It may be television, it may be video games, it may be Facebook, it may be hobbies or it may be work.  None of these things are intrinsically bad, but they could become a source of distraction.

Pruning may not mean eliminating, but limiting or restricting things into its proper place in life.  Pruning can be difficult and even painful, yet the yield may be abundantly worthwhile.

Take time to evaluate the priorities of your life and see if they are in proper order with all the things in your life.  If not, let the pruning begin. I hope the process with lead you to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

Something to think about…