Devotion: John 15:1-8
Jay Manning used to live at the edge of Concord, where he enjoyed gardening vegetables and growing grapes. One Saturday, a few years ago, he invited a few friends to help him prune his grape vines. We pruned and cut those bad boys so vigorously, that I just knew those vines would never produce another grape. One would think the vicious, painful pruning would destroy the vine and its’ fruit. However, the very next year, Jay reported he had a bumper crop of plump, delicious grapes!
When God prunes us, we want to yell stop! This is too painful! We do not like to have anything cut away from us. The whole process of pruning, is for the purpose of producing much good fruit. God does not want any of His children to produce rotten, nasty tasting fruit, nor to be fruitless. We must abide in Jesus and allow all the pruning He deems necessary, in our lives.
Ask the Lord to prune you regularly, so you will produce plump. delicious fruit, that will remain and produce fruit galore. Abide in the Vine and yield yourself to the Vine-dresser, on a daily basis.