The Gospel As Taught By The Orchard
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. (John 15:2)
If you had to choose which branch you wanted to be, which would you choose? A barren branch that bears no fruit or the tree that bears fruit? If you bear no fruit then you will be cast away. If you bear fruit you will be purged so that you may bear more fruit. Is this a tough choice? Be cast away or purged so that you can be weighed down with more fruit?
Considering we were all placed here, on earth, to bear fruit then the choice seems clear. We want to bear more fruit. The road may be tough but it will be worth it. We will be purged to become stronger to bear up the additional fruit.