John 15:1-2 Jesus speaking. “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.”
Luke 6: 43-45 Jesus speaking. “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
I’m 41 years old and I’m pruning, for the first time in my life. I freely admit that I’m not sure what I’m doing; but I’m glad to be doing it.
I may be pruning too much or incorrectly; but so little fruit was produced, I no longer feel much pressure.
I like that success will be measured by the fruit that is produced.