Our Father the gardener
A patient cultivator
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener," said Jesus.
As the vinedresser, God the Father cultivates, tends, and prunes his organic family.
The Bible is the history of God cultivating his vineyard. His careful planning started with the promise to Adam and Eve, continued in the promises to Abraham and David, and culminated in the preaching of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus.
Cleaning for productivity
"He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit."
God is not passive in the lives of his people. He actively cleans away the tangle of deadwood that saps life from us. To do this, he uses his revealed word and even other members of his family.
An expectant farmer
"Every branch in me that does not produce fruit He removes."
God anticipates a harvest from his people--he expects fruit.