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The Key to a Fruitful Life

March 18, 2018

 In John 15, Jesus uses a metaphor to help His disciples understand the importance of abiding in Him. In the metaphor God the Father is the Vinedresser. Of course, unlike a grape plant, believers can either resist His work in our lives or yield to Him … one results in discipline and the other in pruning.

 Bruce Wilkinson in his book, Secrets of the Vine, helps us distinguish between the two actions of God through the use of the following chart: 

Issue

Disciplining

Pruning

How do you know it’s happening?

Pain

Pain

Why is it happening?

You’re doing something wrong (sin)

You’re doing something right (bearing fruit)

What is your level of fruitfulness?

No fruit

Fruit

What is the Vinedresser’s desire?

Fruit

More fruit

What needs to go?

Sin (disobeying the Lord)

Self (putting yourself before God)

How should you feel?

Guilty, sad

Relief, trust

What is the right response?

Repentance (stop sinning)

Release (surrender to God)

When does it stop?

When you stop sinning

When God is finished

 That Jesus speaks of God the Father as the Vinedresser tells us that God cares and loves us. He may need to discipline us when sin is in our lives, and because He desires we bear much fruit pruning will also be necessary. It’s important to distinguish between God’s discipline and pruning so we know how we are to respond. 

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