Updated: Nov 10, 2020
Don't Settle for the Good Things in Life!
"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."
To prune means to cut off or cut back (1) with the intention to keep a plant healthy and growing.
Jesus prunes every area of our lives. Nothing is off-limits for Him. He removes the bad and the good to give us His BEST! We must choose to trust and engage with the process to keep ourselves healthy and growing.
We often wonder what if they would have stayed the course, how much more effective would they have been? It's so sad they missed out on working together for God's purposes. Sometimes God views it instead as a necessary pruning! Getting rid of the good or complacent for His best! To reach their potential and purpose they first had to let go of some good things for the God things awaiting them!
Sometimes God views it instead as a necessary pruning!
Paul and Barnabas had a sharp disagreement about who to bring with on a missionary journey. They agreed to disagree and went their separate ways to continue doing God's will in their own lives.
"They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company." (2)
Paul and Barnabas continued to focus on God's will for themselves and not be side-tracked by the other. Wayne Jackson makes an incredible observation about this disagreement, "As a result, perhaps even more work was accomplished for the Lord because of the manner in which their disagreement was handled." (3)
Was it a pruning?
Cutting back to keep Paul and Barnabas healthy and growing?
What is God pruning in your life?
Not just the bad things, but the good things too!
Choose the God things awaiting you each day!
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen." (4)
Whatever joy you celebrate.
Whatever fear you face.
Whatever loss you grieve.
Today, you have a choice.
Don't settle for the good things in life.
Choose to receive God's best for you!
Trust in God's ability to work all things for His glory and your good.
Citing My Sources:(1) Merriam-Webster.com. Access date: August 17, 2020. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prune (2) Biblegateway.com Access date: August 17, 2020. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=acts+15%3A39&version=NIV(3) Jackson, Wayne. "The Separation of Paul and Barnabas." ChristianCourier.com. Access date: August 17, 2020. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/813-separation-of-paul-and-barnabas-the (4) Biblegateway.com. Acess date: August 17, 2020. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians+3%3A20-21&version=NIV