Today’s Scripture: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:4
It is never fun to wait. Most of the time, it isn’t easy either. We have become a society defined by instant gratification. With things like Buy It Now, same-day shipping, and drone delivery, the speed of your gratification is often limited only by the speed of your internet connection.
However, God often calls us to wait, or stay, spiritually. In every moment of our life, we need to stay as close to Him spiritually as we possibly can. As seen in today’s Scripture, to produce fruit, a branch must stay connected to and get nourishment from the vine.
In John 15, we see four levels of fruit: No Fruit, Fruit, More Fruit, and Much Fruit. Just as the vinedresser is always looking out for the best interests of the vine, God has our best interest at heart. There might be something He is doing in your life and you don’t understand it. It might not be happening because of something you’ve done, but because He wants to help you bear more fruit and much fruit.
Are you in that pruning process? Is God removing areas of dead growth? Is He changing areas of your life that you don’t want to change, moving things that you don’t want to move? If you are being pruned, that is good news – He only prunes branches that are bearing fruit.
Through the pruning process, God is enabling you to reach your full potential for Him. Abiding in the vine requires you to do the things He says. So, if you’re being pruned, keep winning souls, reading His Word, being faithful, and above all, don’t quit.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.