We loved our fig tree . . . that’s why we were so upset when we saw it. The tree had been pruned so exceptionally that it seemed it would never be the same again. Someone had been doing some yard work, at our house, and had gone a little gung-ho with the pruning of our prized fruit tree.
Little did we know what would take place the fallowing year, though. The fig tree grew back even bigger than before and produced an abundance of its delicious fruit! It is amazing to think about how that works, that a tree would actually grow to be bigger than before and produce even more fruit, after having all its beauty pruned away.
It’s kind of like us (who are children of God). We may be producing some fruit, but Jesus wants us to produce more. So, He prunes us.
Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:1-5, KJV).
Being pruned is just part of being a child of God. He loves us and wants us to bear more fruit, so He prunes us (John 15:1-13). It may not feel good in the moment, it may even be painful. Some may mock or shake their heads at us in disapproval saying, “You were such a beautiful vine, a vine with so much potential, and now look what has happened to you. There’s nothing left!”
But when there’s nothing left of us, that’s when the glory of God can shine most beautifully through us! That’s when God makes us to grow back and produce even more fruit for His glory! Let us ask God to make us say, with John the Baptist, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30, KJV). Let us ask God to help us not fear His pruning work, in our lives but embrace it!
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