Years ago I had a vision. I saw a large hand come out of heaven, pluck up a plant by the root, gently shake it off and lay it aside, followed by these words, “Trust the master gardener to tend His garden.”
At the time, there was a shaking going on in our church and I thought it had something to do with that, but this morning as I was thinking about a scripture, this vision came back to me again.
John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
Seems God is challenging us to be fruit bearers and if we’re not, we get plucked up to make room for those who WILL bear fruit. And those who do bear fruit, He is pruning so we’ll bear more fruit.
It’s a challenge to lay down anything that stands in the way, every issue of the heart that we have placed in the seat that God should be seated in, is being dealt with. I Corinthians 6:20 says it so well, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
So we’re not just looking at spiritual issues here, we’re looking at flesh issues as well. I hear some say, “You’ve got to be kidding me! Just how much does God expect from me?” Everything! Yes, thats right. He gave everything and expects the same from you but only if you want to.
He makes it your choice. You can be plucked up or bear fruit. This could be the most difficult thing or the easiest. It’s easy when you understand that we just yield and rest in His finished work. It’s difficult when we try to do it ourselves.
Make me heavy with fruit, Father. I trust you, Master Gardener to tend your garden, to prune me so that I please you. Make my life count for the Kingdom. Grow me into a feeder not a needer, a giver not a taker and a lover not a hater. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.