John 15:2: “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.”
For grapevines to produce ideally, the owner of the vineyard will cut down and clean the branches of his trees. The owner will not grow weary in diligently cutting and cleaning the branches because they believe their hard work will produce grapes that are abundant and sweet.
This is also what the Lord will do in the lives of His children. As the owner of life, the Lord will cut down “branches” that prevent the growth of His children to bear fruits. The Lord Himself understands which branches hinder the growth of fruits and which branches will bear more fruits. When the branches are cut down, there will surely be painful and uncomfortable feelings. But, the Lord will faithfully watch those branches until they bear the fruits He desires.
Branches that are cut down in the lives of God’s children represent characters – bad characters, sinful habits, unpleasant behavior and other things that can prevent the growth of fruits.
We need to remember that we cannot live as free as want as believers. The Lord has a purpose. It is so that the fruits of our lives can be used for the world. Therefore, He is not hesitant to do as He pleases so that our lives can have a maximum impact. The Lord processes the growth of our lives so that they reflect His will. He wants us to bear sweet and abundant fruits.
As the owner of our lives, the Lord will control and direct our lives so that we can be precious tools. He is the potter and we are the clay. Let us always be willing to be processed and formed to be His wonderful creation.
At this time, the world needs to see the fruits of God’s children – the fruits of love, good deeds, unity and peace. Through these fruits, believers will make a good impact for this world that will soon perish and they will win many souls for the Lord.
Let us run this race to bear the fruits of life that can bring many people to the Lord and change what is bad to good. God bless.
Source: Publishing Team, IBC Church