Friends, there is truth in pruning. Understand that it is the key to reach your best and when we stand defensive; pruning does not happen.
The pursuit of excellence in our Christian life, being the best God called us to be must include the elimination of some things, pruning in short; even though they may be good and legitimate. This is the key, more so if the there are dead branches that are stealing the nutrients to keep the whole tree, or plant well and whole. The principle is are they the best and will they get in the way or hinder the main objectives of a Christian’s life based on biblical principles and values? If so, they need to be eliminated. We see this truth in Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify” (see also 1 Cor. 6:12). Just because they are legitimate does not mean they should be chosen or pursued. Just because you like something or have a connection with someone does not mean that the connection is Godly; it might be that we are called to prune in order to grow.
The biggest issue in regard to pruning is the movement of restitution. How can one prune a relationship when all the time we are called to draw the people who we have a broken relationship with? I would answer this question with another; have you done your part? There are moments in the Christian life when you have done all you can to mentor, draw and bless people; yet sadly the goodness you shined was answered withe deceit, lack of accountability and betrayal. All your good deeds were taken in the wrong way, misconstrued or even warped by the predetermined thoughts of the person you are helping. To this I stand by the answer set forth by Christ:
Matthew 10:14 – “Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.
Shake off the dust of your feet. This was done when there was a positive rejection of the gospel. It was a symbolical act, signifying that all responsibility for the stubborn household or city had ended. Again this is done only when you’ve done all you can. When defensiveness and a stubborn heart is the only answer you get. Once you’ve done your part to win them and yet they desire to continue on the path of destruction, allow God to do His work and commit them to the enemy lest you yourself are drawn by their apostasy.
1 John 2:19 states – “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”
They never were part of us to begin with, this is the truth of it all- so why bother, there are more people to draw who really desire the King or have no clue as to the value of faith. Why not use your energy to fix yourself and exude God’s light to the people who desire Christ.
You want a healthy Christian Life, prune yourself of the things that steals your best, causes you to sin and leads you to stumble in misconstrued grace. If you want a healthy church; prune away the dead leaves, dead twigs and branches; the people that would only steal your time, effort, focus since they have decided to act dead; when they are called to be alive in Christ. Pruning is key to a healthy Christian Life.
John 15:5-8 – 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples