In my second-year college study of agriculture, I learned that fruit growers employ three pruning techniques to produce a good fruit harvest. The first technique is called formation. This targets the top of the tree to give uniformity to its shape. This allows the fruit to receive the necessary light, crucial for the fruit to mature. Pruning continues until the tree reaches the required shape and height. The second technique is called cleaning. The goal of cleaning is to remove dry or otherwise non-productive branches. The third technique is called fruit-bearing. This procedure regulates the amount of fruit each branch bears to ensure that it will not break under the weight of the fruit or that the branch will not bear poor quality fruit due to crowding of the fruit.
Similarly, God shapes us in the image of Christ to sanctify us. The Master Gardener removes obstacles that impede us on the Christian journey and, finally, regulates our work to reflect only our best efforts to honor God. All pruning is painful, but it fulfills God’s purpose to form us, to cleanse us, and to help us bear fruit.
Lord, please remove all that stands in the way of me serving you and praising your name. Amen.
What are some things and activities that get in the way of you spending time focused on Christ? Can you stop one of these activities and give that time to Jesus?
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