“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He trims so that it may bear more fruit.”—John 15:2

Isn’t it interesting that cutting back a vine makes it more fruitful? Soil type and climate are some of the more important factors to consider when planting crops. Lest we think that rapid growth means a bountiful crop, we would be wise to consider why pruning is often so necessary.

Humans share these elements in common with plants. This is why Yeshua said that he trims even the branch that bears fruit so that it may bear more fruit. A rapid spiritual growth may not allow us to develop the spiritual resilience necessary to withstand the warfare that may come our way when we are called to a ministry of increased responsibility. God prunes us to harden our resolve—to develop our spiritual muscles, endurance, and faith so that we will be more effective for the kingdom.