“I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” - John 15:1-2
“You have to cut it for it to grow healthily.” This was my response to a friend asking about my plans for the afternoon. A spring haircut was a definite need. I hadn’t been paying attention to it and, because of my lack of diligence, a sharp edge would be needed to take off the damaged ends that were doing it more harm than good. On the way to the hair appointment, He reminded me He does something similar with our hearts.
The imagery of John 15 is beautiful. As sisters of Christ, we are forever attached to the Vine and the Vinedresser tends to us so we may grow more and more healthy in Him. What a beautiful truth that The Father, throughout the expanse of time, tends to all of us with individual precision. That said, as He cuts away at things hurting us, it is difficult. There are wounds where He prunes. Yet there is hope in the wound. As these verses attest, He would not shape and cut us back if we were not bearing fruit. In pruning us, He is actually enabling us to bear even more fruit for His glory and our good.
Father, Thank You for the cuts You make to help me grow. Sometimes it hurts a lot and sometimes it hurts a little, but You remain good and gracious. Please let me see that You are forever good and help me tell others of You. In Your Son’s name I pray, Amen.
What areas of your life is He pruning?
How would you explain John 15:1-2 to someone who doesn’t know Him?