Pruning Makes Us More Fruitful
Hebrews 12:11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Pruning is a crucial process in maintaining plants. The goal of this pruning process is to shape a bonsai tree and to accelerate the growth of flowers and fruits in trees like apples and orange. Pruning is performed to keep all the nutrients for the trunk of a tree, not for other branches. Fertilizer and other chemical treatments can be effectively and efficiently applied. The final result is that plant will have a beautiful form and produce a plentiful harvest.
In the Covenant of Fruitfulness, God wants His children to grow and produce much fruit. That’s why all of God’s children must go through the pruning process. He will take care of, shape, and process us according to His will. One of them is pruning all the unproductive things so our lives can bear much fruit. In the Bible, we all know about Joseph, who had to go through a long and painful pruning process. He had to lose all the pleasure and comfort he had since he was a child. Joseph was sold, slandered, betrayed, and even jailed. However, in the end, that process made Joseph tougher, wiser, more experienced, and even more powerful.
Let us think about whether we are also currently being processed by God. As written in Hebrews 12:11, the pruning period is often painful and unpleasant. However, we should be grateful because we believe those tough times will induce us to produce fruit, which will eventually yield peace to all of us. That’s why, when we are being pruned, remember that this is the time when God trains us, ripens our character, and strengthens our faith foundation. God wants us that finally, all His children will be stronger and more mature individuals, and will bear much fruit for the glory of His name.
PRUNING PROCESS must be done so that our future will be BETTER and MORE FRUITFUL.
1. Have you gone through God’s pruning process? Of are you currently in the process?
2. How do you feel and respond to that process?
3. If you have gone through the process, what advantages do you get from that pruning process?
“Lord Jesus, we thank You for teaching us how important the pruning process is in our lives. Please forgive us if we have doubted you because of our lack of understanding. We now realize that those are processes to make us more fruitful. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.”