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God is concerned with our growth as Christians. However, He is not as much concerned with the destiny as He is with the journey. The purpose of the journey is to help us mature and to prepare us for what God wants to do. It leads us to grow and to understand the deeper things of God, which in turn causes us to bear fruit.  

Jesus says, “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” (John 15:1-2). God wants us to bear fruit, and to bear fruit in the context which He has placed us. Often, we want to point to the circumstances we were born into as an excuse for why we can’t grow. The reason why some fail to function well in their context, is because they deny God the opportunity to prune. To prune means to purify. If God is unable to prune us, we are unable to grow and to bear good fruit.

The Word of God is living – alive in my context. When we abide in His Word, it begins to reveal what is not of God, and we should allow Him to cut away. We are meant to reflect the image of God, and therefore we must allow God to remove anything from our lives that does not reflect Him. This is where growth begins to happen.

This blog comes from the sermon titled “Growing” by David Grobler