God has been speaking to me today about the need for pruning in our lives. In nature, pruning is defined as the targeted removal of diseased, damaged, dead, non-productive, or otherwise unwanted tissue from plants. It enables the limited nutrients available to be directed to those areas where they will produce the greatest harvest/results.
As people with limited time, energy and resources, pruning in our own lives is similar. In John 15, Jesus uses pruning to illustrate how we might create endings in our lives so new life can grow and thrive. If you going to step into all that God has for you in the future, the harsh reality is that you’re probably going to have to ruthlessly prune away some things, even good things, so that you can focus on the best things. It could be something or someone who was right for a season in your life – but that season has long passed and they are still there. It’s time to prune.
What is in your life today which is not in line with what you want your tomorrow to look like?
“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. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.”