Pruned

Yet I planted you a choice vine,
    wholly of pure seed.
How then have you turned degenerate
    and become a wild vine?
Jeremiah 2:21

As I was thinking through what I would write about this verse, John 15 came to mind.

I believe that once you place your faith in Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins and right-standing with God, you are held in His grip and cannot lose your salvation (1 John 5:11-12; John 6:39).

However, the Lord does tell us to "work out our salvation" (Phil. 2:12), and we can chose to remain "in the vine".

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:1-5

God's "pruning" of our branches involves conviction of sin and learning to trust Him during the harsh elements of life. Quite frankly, growing and being pruned is painful, and it is a regular process.

I really doubt the Israelites wandered from the Lord intentionally. Just like it is for the rest of us, sin for them was a "slow fade" (check out the Casting Crowns song with the same name).

Plants don't become wild vines overnight. But what keeps them - and us - healthy is regular trimming and shaping toward what we were meant to be.

When we abide in Christ, we are empowered to be fruitful in the Kingdom.

The question remains: Are we willing to be pruned?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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