Elders Corner – That It May Bear More Fruit
“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”. ~John 15:2
A few years ago, our family moved into a home that had a lot of potential, but it needed a lot of help. And the yard at the Welch home is definitely a work in progress. When it comes to pruning, my wife Mel and I honestly don’t have a clue what we’re doing, but it somehow works. I tend to have more of a “snip-snip” mindset, while she embraces more of a “hack away!” philosophy. More than once, I couldn’t believe how much she had just lopped off!! But, alas, I’m always amazed at how beautiful the new buds and flowers are the following spring.
Pruning and purging can be laborious at times, but it is clearly a part of God’s plan and design toward health and vibrancy. As you know, we have been in the process of a church-wide purge over the past few weeks. This has not been an aimless activity, but rather a faith-filled endeavor believing that the Lord will bear much fruit through it. And though there is still work to be done, there is also much to be thankful for! We have been so blessed by interactions with so many in our church body showing grace, humility and flexibility through this process.
With all that has been going on around our facilities, I have been asking the Lord what attitudes or habits He wants to prune in my life in order to make room for more life-giving fruit. How about you? What is stored up in the closets of your heart today? Could it be there are some things that you’ve been hanging on to for a while, and the Lord is now saying, “It’s time to let that go and follow me”? God is continually making room in our lives for more life-giving opportunities. In Christ alone, we have a lot of potential, but we need a lot of help!
Prayerfully preparing for a new season of fruit-bearing,