As I write this, I am about to go to the salon and it brought the following illustration to mind, providing me with fresh insight into a portion of scripture which I thought I would share with you 🙂 . . .
A trip to the salon/barbershop is something many of us routinely do. We often go for a trim, to remove all the split ends that are weakening the structure of our hair. If we want to preserve the integrity of our hair, and promote its overall health and aid it’s growth, we need to rid it of the breakage that naturally occurs as a result of exposure to various elements. We need to eliminate split ends, to cut off the frayed ends of our hair, to prevent that breakage from traveling all the way up the hair follicles which, in turn, ends up weakening the entire structure of the strands. We need to cut our hair to grow it out . . . Sounds counterintuitive right? But sometimes we need to get rid of the deadweight, we need to eliminate that which is broken and which is a hindrance, to actually be strengthened and promote growth. When we get rid of that which is no longer healthy, we are able to create an environment which is conducive to growth, enabling us to grow back healthier and stronger than before.
Just as we need to trim our hair regularly to maintain its overall health and growth, we need to allow God to trim the parts of ourselves—our lives—that are broken, dead, and are not subservient to Him, to restore and strengthen our relationship with Him. Just as we book regular visits with the salon, we need to prioritize time spent with the Lord, being still in His presence, and allowing Him to speak into our lives and work in us as He desires to—allowing Him full access to do what He needs to do to transform us into the people He has created us to be.
John 15: 1-8
I am the True Vine, and My Father is the Vine dresser.
Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.
You are cleansed and pruned already, because of the word which I have given you [the teachings I have discussed with you].
Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you]. Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the Vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me.
I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in Him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
If a person does not dwell in Me, He is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.
If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.