Cutting and Pruning

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What do people think when they look at the garden of your life?

I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. (JOHN 15:1–2)

As I drove up to my friend’s home, I couldn’t help but notice how beautifully landscaped his yard was. It was like a page out of a gardening magazine. The grass looked soft and inviting, like a carpet. Flowers were blooming, and everything was beautifully clipped and pruned, obviously by someone who knew what he was doing. The entire scene pointed to attention, skill, and loving care.

As I looked at it, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What do people think when they look at the garden of my life? Does it look lovingly cultivated? Or more like an overgrown, weed-invested jungle?”

Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”

If you want to have a beautiful life of cultivated discipleship, submit yourself to the cutting and pruning of the master Gardener.

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