Jesus says: “He (the Father) 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 15:2
The pandemic pruning process forced changes in our personal and national lives. What is left as we emerge from it? Do you feel leaner and cleaner? Many people used the lock-downs to clear out things they could give to charity etc. Can you recall other personal and corporate win-win examples?
Jesus said pruning was vital for continuing growth and development. It enables you to focus your energies on these key areas. During the pandemic, many individuals realized the importance of feeding and growing close personal relationships with friends and family. This can necessitate pruning away time and life spent on less important things. Nobody on their death bed ever said “I wish I’d spent more time at work”.
After I prune my roses they look like pathetic sad sticks, but I know this will make more fragrant flowers. Which exciting opportunities did pandemic pruning offer you? Which skills, knowledge and resources do you need to activate the lessons you learned? Are there weaknesses inhibiting your survival and success that you need to address?
Pruning applies to all Christians abiding in the vine of Jesus Christ. God prunes the lives of every fruit-bearing Christian to increase their spiritual fruitfulness. God prunes us to make us more productive spiritually, so our lives will abundantly yield more spiritual fruit.
The hospital bed is empty in the picture. An individual left it to pursue healing and health needed for their new life full of exciting opportunities. Sadly, some hospital beds are empty because a life ended. When I attend funerals, I always get a jolt urging me to make the most of my life while I have it.