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In for a Trim

Written by Neal Bowes on .

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John 15:1-10 (NIV)
1 "I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He 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. 3You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
5"Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.
9"I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father's commandments and remain in his love.

Reflect

Orchard owners often prune the fruit trees. They cut off the useless branches. The trees had been expending energy on the useless branches, but now that they are gone, more energy can be used for the growing of fruit—the trees' real purpose.

As Christians, our purpose is to grow fruit, too (as defined in yesterday's devo). Jesus says that God cuts off every branch that bears no fruit. If God were pruning you, what would get cut off? In other words, what gets in the way of your living your life as a full follower of Jesus Christ?

Respond

Find a quiet, private place to meditate on that question. Ask God to reveal to you anything that is keeping you from being a faithful follower and needs to be cut out.

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If today's devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.

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