My dad was an apple farmer. I wish I had been old enough to understand the job when I was younger so that I could have helped him with it. One day I asked him about pruning. I asked what the general idea was so that I could understand it beyond just randomly hacking off branches. He explained that it’s basically the process of determining which branches are bearing the most fruit and which are not. You remove the branches that aren’t bearing fruit so that the ones that are can get the energy from the tree and it doesn’t go to waste.
John 15 explains this process in the Christian life. However, I’m struggling to identify the metaphor. The passage speaks about cutting off the branches in us that don’t bear fruit. I would have to guess that refers to the process of doing away with our sinful nature and conforming more to the person of Christ, but I’m not completely sure. Either way, it’s a pretty cool analogy!
The bottom line is this…we’re called to bear fruit. This is so true, that God actually says,
“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
I often have a hard time believing that God just wants to give us whatever we ask in His name, but He goes on to say that it is to His Father’s glory that we bear much fruit. Do you understand? God wants us to bear fruit to display His power and might. I often don’t ask God for the really big things like certain people getting saved, but that’s exactly what God wants to do and if I would just surrender my life to that truth, I think I would be amazed at what God would do through me.
Father, help me be more faithful in asking You for the big things and believing in You to deliver them.