PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
(Official communication to the public)
“I (Jesus) am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He 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 15:1-2 Jesus talks about the necessity of pruning branches that don’t produce fruit.
My neighbor has been growing and caring for a vineyard for the past three years. I’m learning a lot about raising grapes and the work involved. There is indeed a great deal of pruning in order to produce the best grapes and the highest yield. Select branches are trimmed and the remainder trained to grow along wire.
Jesus says he is the vine; he is the trunk, if you will, with roots deep in the soil. It is the trunk that provides life, nutrients for growth and maturity. Sometimes we produce ‘branches’ that don’t necessarily conform to God’s plan and principles. When this happens the divine vine dresser may prune them out in order to ensure quality fruit and increase the yield.
Pruning done by our Lord is usually not enjoyable nor pain free. It hurts and is uncomfortable wanting to remain as we are but living below our capacity. God doesn’t want mediocrity, he wants our best, but sometimes attitudes and habits get in the way and need to be removed.
Caring for a vineyard involves a daily routine in which the vinedresser must look over the vines almost every day for disease, insects, growth and son on. So the divine vinedresser is looking over each of his children every day to see what is needed for maximum spiritual development. It is comforting to know God has his eye on us, never looking away. Isn’t it a good feeling or reassuring to know that nothing happens without God’s knowledge and he is using life’s experiences for our maturity?
Are you someone who is attached to the vine or one who is about to be lopped off due to the lack of spiritual fruit? (Gal. 5:22-23)
By The Way: Sunday 13, 9:00 morning worship. Sermon: Disciplines of a Godly Man Pt. 3 Fatherhood.
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