The Pruning Process

December 9, 2018

 

 

Prune : to cut away, rid or clear of
anything superfluous or undesirable. Especially to increase growth.
(This term is mostly used in reference to trees, plants, & bushes)

 

If you’re a Christian you often hear about planting seeds and reaping a harvest. It’s understood that the seeds you plant represent the manifestations of God’s blessings and favor according to the seasons in your life. The reward for sowing, watering and protecting precious seeds symbolizes abundance and fruit from a season of work and sacrifice. Sounds simple, right? Yet, if you’re like most people, you’ve found yourself at one time or another wondering what happened to your harvest.

When I was in elementary school, my science teacher assigned each of us our own seed. Each day at recess we were to go outside and begin the process of growing our individually assigned plants. There were three main ingredients necessary in successfully completing this process. We would need soil, the seed, & water. The next few steps given were extremely important and it was crucial that we listened carefully and paid close attention to prevent any errors. We were told to:

1.)pick a spot, 2.)clear the ground, 3.)dig a small hole, 4.)place our seed in the hole, 5.)cover the hole with soil, and 6.)water daily.

Everyday we would check in excitement to see what would come of our hard work. One particular day, I recall checking my plant with great disappointment. It was obvious that I had missed a step along the way because unlike my classmates, my plant was growing at a much slower pace. Turns out, my plant would be corn which has a way of growing wildly due to its large nature. I remember being very upset because I was super competitive and I didn’t like the idea of anything going wrong. I would water the corn daily as told, however unknowingly simply forgot that it was also necessary to pull up some of the excess branches and ears growing surrounding the seed in order for continuous growth to occur. Although I had followed most of the steps correctly, the growth of my corn had been stunted. Not because I didn’t have everything I needed in place, but because too many unwanted and unnecessary stalks were trying to grow in the same space.

You just missed that….

When I reflected on that trial and error science project from elementary school It immediately wrecked me.
How often does God spend time trying to grow us, yet we continue to stunt our growth due to the clutter of dysfunction surrounding us.
•Dead mindsets
•Dead jobs/careers
•Dead relationships
•Dead habits/routines
We were born equipped with everything we need to go and grow through life, yet we cheat ourselves trying to stay in small spaces when God has already prepared us for bigger! He promised us in his word that “Whoever sows sparingly, shall also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully, shall also reap bountifully.” -2nd Corinthians 9:6

Sometimes we have to ask ourselves…Are your daily actions and habits reflecting the harvest you’re desiring?

Are you reaping blessings or weeds?

I believe God truly wants to give us the desires of our hearts, yet we place him in a box only allowing him to keep us where we currently are. Is it because you don’t truly believe that you’re worthy of all that he has promised?  Not that all of a sudden you are perfect, but understand that you wholeheartedly serve a God that is.

If  you’re feeling behind, alone, or lonely because it seems like things, people, jobs or whatever else is being stripped from your life, I’m here to tell you…you’re an OVERCOMER! One of my favorite worship songs by Tasha Cobbs Leonard is Gracefully Broken. The more I listen, the more I understand its true meaning. God will break you to position you. Break you to promote you. God HAS to strip us from ungodly influences and circumstances but it is ONLY for a season. It’s so that you can grow strong and build a FOUNDATION of trusting in HIM alone. The good news is that when he does break you….he does it with GRACE.

Like the trees, we sometimes need pruning in our spiritual life. Jesus Christ reminds us of this when He says, “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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John 15:1-2).

God’s pruning process uses the circumstances in our lives to help us grow in His character and appearance. Thankfully, I know and serve a God of unconditional love. Who is willing to walk through the good, bad, & ugly with me. Why? Because he sees me as valuable. So that means you are too also valuable in his sight. 

Matthew 10:39 says,

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.”

 

So maybe you’re asking yourself how do I began to see the seeds I’ve planted become the Harvest I want to reap? I challenge you to…..

  • -Set CLEAR & DEFINED goals.
  • -Practice Discipline.
  • -Stop Complaining, Start THANKING.
  • – Sow less hours of time into TV, social media, gossiping, etc . Sow more time into working on perfecting your gifts, seeking  higher accolades on your career path, & becoming a woman/man of virtue.
  • -Be Intentional with your time because the devil is always intentional about making sure you waste it.
  • -Be a FAITH WALKER.

“Where you see a need, plant a seed”

 ……Its HARVEST SEASON. 

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