We drove up to Leavenworth today to pick up Noemi. On the way there we passed lots of orchards and vineyards and almost every one was actively involved in pruning.
Pruning, the act of cutting off the excess to make the plant more fruitful. It seems counterintuitive to cut off branches to make more fruit but it’s biblical. It’s also a spiritual concept. Not every branch is necessary. If it’s not needed then it’s a liability to keep it.
Jesus talked about it in John 15.
“15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 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.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
Mary and I know that we need to trim back our lives, to get rid of dead unproductive overhanging things but we are not sure what and where to trim. Good thing we serve a God who knows who we are, why we were made, and how to make us more fruitful. I am trepidatious entering this next phase but I cautiously say to my creator, trim the excess. It might be Facebook, it might be TV, it might be wood working or gulp, it could even be Rusty. I want to be as fruitful as possible. Prune me.
(Originally posted 2/15/2015)