Every year I had searched beneath prickly briars of my raspberry bushes for ripe berries with no success, and then I read an article about how to increase my yield. The writer pointed out that raspberries produce fruit on new growth. The article explained how to cut away old branches to expose new shoots to more sunlight, allow access to more nutrients from the soil, and provide extra space for growth.Heeding advice from the article, I pruned old stems. When I finished, I felt sure the severe cutting would ruin the plants. Imagine my surprise the following spring when my bushes rewarded me with an abundant harvest!In the Gospel of John, Jesus refers to God as the gardener who cuts off every branch that fails to bear fruit. God also prunes fruitful branches to produce greater yields. I considered how my spiritual life needed pruning to honor God more effectively. For example, simply repeating the same actions or words may stifle effective witnessing or hinder prayer life. Bible reading without meditating or seeking God’s guidance may become meaningless. Busyness may replace more urgent Christian service.God prunes us in different ways to draw our attention back to our faith. When God lops off old habits and refreshes our commitment to prayer, Bible study, and service, we produce more abundant fruit for the kingdom.