John 15:1-16 is perhaps one of the most studied, taught and preached portions of the New Testament. As winter comes to this part of the world, I start thinking about when will be the right time to prune our grape vines so the harvest next year will be a good one.
There is a big difference between seasons of natural plants and our spiritual lives. Jesus never mentioned a season in John 15 nor in Matthew 21:19 when he saw a fig tree that had no fruit. As He came to Israel, His own people, He was expecting they would bear fruit because they were God’s people and had been taught through the prophets what type of people they should be, and in that sense, yield fruit to God by the way they represented Him.
In the same way, Jesus walks among the “lampstands” (Revelation 1:20) which represent the churches to see what kind of fruit they are producing. His illustration in John 15 shows that we are the branches which He intends to abide (remain) in Him, the vine; drawing every resource needed to bear abundant fruit.
There is an interesting side to these verses. God is the vinedresser (husbandman) that keeps watch over the vines to see if the branches are bearing fruit and how much they bear. If they fail to bear fruit, severe action is taken – the removal of branches so that next season new growth will produce healthy branches that bear fruit.
We do not like to think that pruning is necessary in our case, but if we are honest, we realize that every branch should be pruned so new growth results in greater fruitfulness. Are you willing for God to inspect your branch?
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