On Pruning and Fruitfulness

How do you measure fruitfulness?

Read John 15:1-8.

Much of the discussion around discipleship centers on fruitfulness. Sometimes we continue practices or ministries because they have become a habit or because “that’s what we’ve always done.” It is a worthwhile exercise to examine practices and ministries for their fruitfulness. Maybe it is time for a little pruning, remembering that pruning is vital in making room for new growth. We don’t lop off a branch without the hope of new life springing from it.

How do you measure fruitfulness? Think of one practice or one new ministry that you think might help you to grow as a disciple of Jesus. What would need to be pruned for you to make room for this new thing? What fruit might come from making this change or trying something different?

In prayer, ask the Spirit to help you look deeply and honestly at your spiritual practices. Offer your life up for pruning and trust that God will bring new life and growth into the open space.


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