As I have been meditating on John Chapter 15 (and memorizing with the online group at Do Not Depart) I was stopped by Jesus’ words about pruning:
But the other day as I dug out the roots of the mint plant (the runners were everywhere) I heard the Holy Spirit say, “This is how I prune you, reminding you about the ‘too much’ and the ‘too close together’ growth you have in your life. You need to go after things by the roots, dig between the plants and pull out the extra growth that’s not from Me.”
I realized there are many good things I give my time to but they’re not all God things. (Often times they’re Jody Things.) (Funny, Ann Voskamp wrote just the other day about the power of our ‘yeses’ and our ‘no’s, what we keep and what we prune.)
If I want fruit in my life–and I do!–fruit that will remain
I want to hear the Holy Spirit speaking when it’s time to rip out what’s not from God
no matter how fragrant or beautiful it is.
I want to bear fruit that God has produced,
fruit like joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness
all those Jesus-like qualities that will make my Saviour’s beauty shine through.
Like the petals in my favorite flower.
How about you?
Linking with Lyli for Thought Provoking Thursday