The shrubs in my yard needed to be pruned. So I started on the bottom branches. I cut off overgrown or dead branches. Then I went up the shrub, trimming and shaping the branches. Often I would step back and look at the shrub to make sure that it was balanced and nicely shaped.
In our Bible Reading today, Jesus said that He is the “true vine” and God is the “gardener.” “He cuts off every branch of mine that does not make fruit. And he trims and cleans every branch that makes fruit, so that it will make even more fruit” (verse 2).
God is the gardener in our lives. He works with us, just like I prune and work with my shrubs. First, God looks deep into our lives and helps us remove our hidden sins. Then, He shows us how we can serve and obey Him.
Ask God to work in your life today. He will help you make even more good “fruit” for His kingdom.