John 15:1-2 (NLT)
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.
Here we find Jesus teaching His chosen disciples the importance and benefits of being connected to Him. He also reminds them that He is under submission to the Father, the gardener. The duties of a gardener include, soil cultivation, digging, forking, mulching, watering, raking, weeding, edging, pruning, bed preparation and planting. It’s the gardener’s job to know what makes the plants grow healthy and produce much, good fruit.
The same principle applies to the lives of Christians. We too are under the submission of the Father, our master gardener. He will weed of the bad in our lives, whether it’s people or things, that are drawing us away from Him. When we stay connected to Him, the Holy Spirit will reveal these things to us. He will show us how to disconnect ourselves from those weeds or He may just cut them off. There will be areas in our lives where we are producing good fruit and in order to continue producing good fruit, He may have to pluck some off. Think about a tree that has branches that are leaning because of all the fruit that is weighing it down. When the pickers come and remove the mature fruit, then more fruit is able to grow.
God loves us so much that He doesn’t us to get comfortable with the fruit we are producing that we stop reproducing. The pruning is necessary for growth. Without it, we can become prideful. Nor does He want us connecting to anything or anyone that is hindering our growth, because it can cause us to not walk in our Kingdom purpose. There are so many facets to God’s love that it is mind-blowing! Everything He does or allows in our lives is because He loves us. Yes, everything!
Father, I thank you for being my master gardener. Cultivate the soil of my heart and show me those things that are hindering my spiritual growth. I give you permission to remove all the weeds and rotten fruit. I desire to bear much fruit for the Kingdom. When you come to pick me, I want to be pleasing in your sight. In Jesus name, amen!