by Pat Tarzwell 11/26/17
John 15 (NIV), “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful.”
God the creator, God the Father, God himself will prune those parts that distract you from your true purpose; prune away those things that may have become idols, or prune things that become a source of nourishment more so than the sap and life-giving nutrition that comes from the vine.
You see, those leaves and buds do help to bring in Nitrogen and other things the plant needs, but that is so the branch can give back to the vine. When those sources become overgrown, they can choke out the branch and it can no longer bear fruit, and ultimately hurt the vine. Sometimes that pruning might hurt a bit and sometimes it might hurt a lot, but if it is His will, than it will be for your own good.
As our pastor was teaching this message today something occurred to me. (Not completely focused of me I know, but here it is.) Who is the creator of government; in particular, this government, the government of these United States? We are! So while God is working in us, by pruning us, trimming away those things that are harmful to us; we should remember that it is up to us, the creator of government to likewise prune back the overgrowth that is already hurting the vine, us, you and me. And by no means am I trying to say that we are Gods or like God. But if We The People are the creators of this government then is it not our job to prune it back for the good of all of us?
The branches have grown way beyond what we can hold up, and yet we keep feeding those branches, thinking that we need that little tiny bit they give back. Well, if you have ever seen an unattended grape vine, you have seen how it kills itself over time with overgrowth. But that vine, if pruned back in time, becomes a very healthy vine indeed.
It can happen fast. Perhaps not overnight, but very fast, so I say we need to prune back this vine and we need to do it fast. Pruning means work. Those overgrown bits are not going to just jump off. They will fight back with every thorn and fiber of their being. But if cut off, they will actually compost and feed the vine again and help the vine thrive, instead of draining way more from it than they provide.
Pat Tarzwell was born conservative, runs a successful hi-tech business, and lives a red-state life in a deep blue one. • (236 views)