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PRUNING

Isaiah 18:5 “For before the harvest, as soon as the bud blossoms and the flower becomes a ripening grape, Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives and remove and cut away the spreading branches.”

 MAKING IT MORE FRUITFUL

 I love tomatoes.  Don’t you?  Most years I plant two or three plants and anxiously wait the appearance of the first blossoms which turn into little tomatoes.  My dad taught me to keep the plants “suckered” in order to allow the fruit to grow bigger and get more of the nutrients.  I do that, and every time I pull one of the little “sprigs” off, I think of him.

Pruning is a necessary part of fruit production.  This also applies to our spiritual life.  We have to prune away things in our lives that rob our time and energy.  It is so easy to get bogged down with stuff that keep us from more time in the Word or in prayer.  I am guilty of that myself and have to constantly be aware of those time robbers.

TEACHING MOMENT

If your child is passionate about a sport or a hobby, I bet they spend a lot of time either practicing or involved in that.  Am I right?  There is nothing wrong with those things.  But let me ask you a question.  What is more important for their spiritual health, sports and hobbies or the Word?  Now, I am not knocking sports and hobbies.  I have plenty.  But our primary mission as parents is to prepare our children spiritually.

If we spent a fraction of the time, energy and money into building our children spiritually as we do in their sports and hobbies, we would be changing the world through our children.  I truly believe that.  If we put as much importance on the eternal things, our children would see that too.

What are you doing with the eternal? Will you join me today in re-evaluating your priorities?  Will you do some pruning?  I know it is not comfortable.  I know it’s not pleasant.  But it is worth it.

Master, You command me to prune myself so I can produce more fruit for others.  Help me see the unnecessary or dead growth that is preventing that.  Then give me the determination to take action and cut those things away. 

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