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A farmer knows exactly what needs to be done on the farm; he studies the seasons and the processes that need to be done. One of them is pruning, a very important part of faming. This is where a farmer cuts away dead or overgrown branches or stems, to encourage growth.
We are called to bear fruit that will last; eternal fruit. For a tree to bear much fruit there must be a pruning process. If I were a plant, and I see the farmer cutting some of my parts off, I would think he hates me, maybe I am not what he wanted, maybe the other plants around me would laugh at me, because of how ugly I look with some parts cut off. But sooner or later, I would sprout and bear fruit. The pruning is not a punishment but a reward; it is not done by someone who hates you, but out of love. Pruning is for the plants good, the process may be painful, but the results are great.
John 15:1-2 says ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts 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.’ God is in the business of pruning them that bear fruit to make them more fruitful. The process is not easy because some of the things He cuts off are so ‘dear’ to us. In our eyes we may want some parts cut off, but being the gardener, He knows exactly what is slowing down our growth. He may cut you off from some people, from some habits, from some places, from some pleasures; things that you treasure but have no kingdom value.
When you look at a person who is being pruned, they may appear weak and weary; it is part of the process. For them who endure this process, allowing God to work through them, they come out victorious, bearing much fruit. It is not a process that can be skipped by a person who desires to bear fruit. As long as you remain in God, you will go through this very important part of growth.
Today, if you are going through the pruning process, be reminded that it is not a punishment. You may not understand why those things have been cut off; you may even desire to go back to those things. Do not despair, do not look back, remain in God, pruning is a reward; soon you will sprout again and produce much fruit for the glory of God.