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If we are going to stay close to Jesus, we must start by getting quiet, sitting down, and spending time with him. While this way of producing fruit seems counterintuitive to us—we don’t like to be still and rest—the process of bearing fruit doesn’t come by human effort. It comes from abiding in Jesus. Connection first,
Pruning is painful, but it’s necessary for the health and fruitfulness of a plant. Our Gardener, God, loves us and would never do anything to harm us. We can trust him when he prunes us because we know that he is working toward increased fruit in our lives—fruit that will last.
Life often takes us by surprise with painful storms, and it’s easy for us to seek out imitation vines to try to meet our needs. Yet, when we fall away, he can graft us back into the vine. But staying connected to Jesus, even in the hardest tests, is even better and produces beautiful fruit.