Pruning is a natural process, one that God has designed for the care and health of all plants. It is the removal of the parts of a plant that are not beneficial for its overall health and growth. The process of pruning removes those parts of the plant that are unhealthy, diseased, unproductive, or growing in a way that will ultimately jeopardize the rest of the plant. It is a necessary process that a gardener can do, but even when there is no gardener present to tend to the plant, every plant is eventually pruned merely through the forces of nature alone.
Just like a plant, rom time to time we too need a good pruning. It is never easy and can feel quite painful at the time of cutting, but it is necessary for our overall health. Consider asking yourself, “What areas of my life that may need some pruning?” Is it time to let go of some things? Maybe its time for a life change. Do you have some unhealthy habits, ungodly patterns of speech, or any areas of improper stewardship of time, money, and resources? The fact is that we all need pruning if we are going to truly be more fruitful for Him. Pick one small area and let the cutting begin—guaranteed, you will be a lot healthier for it.
John 15:1-2 NIV
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
2 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.