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Day 53: A Day in the Life of a Branch

Posted by undergroundchurch on May 23, 2011

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We have a bad habit in America of adding layer upon layer of fluff to the Good News as told in the Bible.

When you think “Good News” (a.k.a “Gospel”), you might have visions of love and acceptance and peace… and you’d be right! However, the path of love, acceptance and peace takes us through some pretty rugged roads.  It is not a tiptoe through the tulips, nor is it for the faint of heart. The path the Father has laid out before us is fraught with trouble and pain, and it is the hope we have in Christ that helps us endure.

There are scores of scripture that attest to this… so here’s a quick example:

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” – John 15:1,2

A straight-up interpretation is as follows:

  1. God takes care of his garden
  2. His garden is his Son, Jesus, and the branches are the believers that dwell in Christ
  3. He (that is the Father) cuts off every branch that doesn’t produce fruit – in order to preserve the vine
  4. He (that is the Father) cuts back every branch that does produce fruit – in order to produce more

I guess you can summarize it this way, “The Gardener is going to apply the sheers to every believer – both fruitful ones and non-fruitful ones. It’s just going to cut a lot deeper if you aren’t fruitful.


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