Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Cleaning and Pruning of the Branch (Part Two)

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. John 15:2-3

Recently I watch as a man was pruning his tree. He took real care with the tree, handling each branch gently. This man knew where to put the pruning knife and how much to cut off. He knew the difference between the wood on the branches that were still alive and the wood that was not capable of bearing fruit. To many the pruning process looks cruel and wasteful, but to the Vinedresser he knew just what was needed! Branches that do not bear fruit are drastically pruned back. Ezekiel 15 informs us that wood of the vine is good for nothing, the only purpose for the branch was to bear fruit, so the Vindresser looks for fruit and when He does not find any He prunes the branches!

God the Father, as the divine Vinedresser, carries out this work of pruning in each of our lives; to many this discipline or training might seem like affliction, but it has a purpose (Psalm 119:67, 71, 75). We must understand that this pruning process is something the Father administers to those branches (believers) attached to Christ, the True Vine. This pruning is for the purpose of causing us to bear more fruit. His desire is that we, His children, become more like His own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, which is one of the ultimate goals of salvation. 

Hebrews 12:5-11 reminds us that whom the Father loves He disciplines. This training may come in the form of rebuke (v5) which may be verbal or it may come as chastening, which may be more severe training (v6). Thirdly, scourging or whipping is mentioned, which is even more severe (v6). But the underline purpose is that “No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Heb. 12:11). If you are experiencing the pruning process realize that you are in the hands of a wise and loving Father who knows what is needed for you bear much fruit and become more like His blessed Son! 

Tim Hadley Sr.

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