John 15:1-8 NLT “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”
God wears many hats, Father, Comforter, Friend, Advocate, etc. He wears another one called Gardener. We have traits, characteristics, ways about us that aren’t pleasing to the Lord and if we’re honest with ourselves and Him, we know exactly what areas those are. But God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our dark corners, the things we’ve tried to hide even from our own selves. But when we surrender it to Him, He then has permission (remember, though He is Almighty God, He still cannot and will not violate our free will) to work in us. Let Him takeover. Give Him the green light to cut off the bad parts of you, to prune you to be a better vessel for His glory and for your own well being. He’s the Master who makes masterpieces out of broken pieces. He can use you right where you are. Come as you are, yes, but don’t leave His presence the same way. His desire is to use you. Don’t forget that.