“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:1-2
When I first heard this verse this morning as my husband was reading it to me I thought, “Yikes! If I don’t bear fruit I will be taken away.”
Verses like this scare me because the last thing I want is to be taken away from the vinedresser.
But, if I bear fruit I will be pruned. Still a scary thought because what does it take to be pruned? Pruning involves getting rid of unwanted parts to improve structure and encourage healthy growth. What will I have to give up and how?
Life in the faith has already taught me that sometimes to be pruned you have to suffer great loss. It hurts and it’s scary, but remaining faithful through times of pruning has taught me to trust the vinedresser even more. Thus, I am able to wipe away those fears and bear more fruit by the fruit He has produced in me.
Do you ever become scared in these ways?