Lessons From a Tree


So, the other day I was looking outside my window and noticed the ‘Berry Tree’. I’m not sure of its actual Latin name but ‘Berry Tree’ seems appropriate. It has always been in that spot in the garden, as far back as I can remember, looking glorious in its full bloom of fruit every year. But as I looked closely this time, I noticed something very unusual. One side of the tree was full of berries and leaves and then on the other side one branch was void of anything.

The scripture that came to mind is in John 15: 1-2 'I 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.'

So, I did some minor research, well I had a look at a blog!, into the science of gardening, in particular, pruning and cutting. Firstly, pruning is the process whereby branches and leaves are cut back to ensure more air and sunlight reach into the deep undergrowth. Pruning also lightens the weight of heavier branches so that they don't break under the weight of too many fruit and leaves. This would potentially destroy the fruit before they're ready for picking. The whole pruning process ultimately allows the tree to produce more fruit from less branches.

Secondly, and most importantly is the process of cutting. Branches are cut off from the trees that are non-fruit producing usually because they are diseased and dying. This is important because if left attached, it is doing something that is detrimental to the rest of the tree.

What is that?

Even though it may be diseased or dying a fruitless branch, will take away the necessary resources of sunlight, nutrients and water from the fruit-bearing branches. A conscientious gardener always has the end-goal in mind: a good harvest, so cutting of branches is an essential part of the gardening process.

God, our gardener, does exactly the same, pruning and cutting, as He wants us to have a full harvest. He comes into our lives and prunes to bring more fruit. But even more 'painful' but necessary he will cut off branches that do not bear fruit. So that the branches that are fruit-bearing can produce to full term and harvest.

We must constantly examine ourselves, by the help of the Holy Spirit, to see if there are any activities in our lives that needs eliminating. These activities drain us of the essential resources of

  • Time

  • Energy

  • Clarity of Mind

  • and Focus

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father

We pray that by your Holy Spirit, show us the distractions in our lives that do not bear fruit and help us to eliminate them. So that we can be fully focused on our fruit-bearing endeavours, which ultimately brings you glory. Amen

John 15:8 puts it succinctly:

'This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.'

To your fruit-bearing success


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