“He 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.”
I love this because we are supposed to grow and learn to be like Jesus and He is sharing how God was even working on Him as He was on earth. Are we too good to let some pruning take place in our lives? We all need work and we all need to let God transform us in the image of Jesus, so why do we try and hold on to our old selves? Jesus says, God cuts of every branch of His that doesn't produce fruit. I know we have a lot of branches God would love to cut off so we can be more fruitful. When we say we believe, why do we struggle letting go of the worldly things that have no fruit in our lives?
As followers of Jesus or (Christians) look what Jesus tells us in John chapter 15 verses 3-4, “You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain 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.” We have the branches we need if we surrender our will and truly be fully devoted followers of Jesus. And the more we open up our hearts to learning, growing and living it out the more fruit we can produce. Look what Jesus goes on to say in verse 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.”
This is a true relationship, we are in Him and He is in us, that is how we can make a difference in this world. We cannot over look what He says; apart from Him we can do nothing! He is our source of strength and how we handle this world which is ruled by the devil. We need to understand that so when the world looks so inviting we can say no.
What all this takes is us believing and accepting Jesus as our Lord and savior and then obeying what He shows us. Look at verses 10, “When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in His love.” He is not trying to make us do something He has not done, He shows us how to do it by His example. Verse 11 is amazing and what we all want while we are living in this world. “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
Nothing we do can give us true joy but connecting to Jesus can so lets surrender and keep our branches connected to what is true. Amen