Jesus said to his disciples:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified,
that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.” John 15:1-8
Have you ever been to a vineyard when it is pruning time? This scripture gives you a pretty good understanding of what takes place. If a branch is not productive it is cut away and if it is productive, pieces of the productive branch are cut away to allow the maximum fruit output.
Sometimes, as the branches, we need to be pruned. Items need to be cut out of our lives so we produce the maximum fruit yield. The pruned items can be “dead leaves” that are detrimental to us and others around us. Sins that we have allowed to linger in our lives. Other times the pruning might take something that is not sinful in nature. By removing these item we are able to focus better on the fruit we should be producing.
Are you producing fruit for the kingdom? If so what is God trying to “prune” out your life to get the maximum fruit yield?