“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
– John 15:5 (NIV)
Many people are already familiar with this verse.. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.. It just means that those who chose to follow Him are already connected with God.. He gives us life, purpose and direction. But sometimes, we don’t really discuss this part of John 15:
“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 15:2 (NIV)
Sometimes, there are challenges in our lives we gladly accept. But most of the time, we just want to run away from the situations we can’t change. It feels like there’s an unending storm happening in our lives. We pray, we ask God to take us away from that situation, etc. But, sometimes it doesn’t change. We’re still there. The rain of suffering and grief doesn’t stop.
The truth is, God allows these kind of situations to happen to prune us so that we will bear more fruit.. Sometimes we don’t understand, but we have to trust God that after those situations, we will be more fruitful, because there are blessings beyond suffering.
God will work all things out for those who love Him. (Romans 8:28)
For now, we just have to learn how to dance in the rain, and have joy in our hearts amidst the suffering.
“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. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – John 15:1-4 (NIV)
It’s honestly not pleasant to be pruned by God in ways we don’t understand most. But rest assured, we WILL BE FRUITFUL in the end. The more God prunes, the more we will experience great blessings and produce more fruit in the future.