In the parable of the vine and its branches, God the Father is called the gardener (Jn 15:1). He is the one who knows what is best for and can provide for the plants in His care. He desires that we, the branches are fruitful. This involves discipline (pruning) to remove what is not profitable
Do I co-operate with the ‘Gardener’ of my soul?
or beneficial with the aim to stimulate production of more fruit. However, some branches are totally unproductive and are removed completely. The aim of any crop is to gather an increased harvest from the seed sown – otherwise something is terribly wrong. How productive am I?
See also: discipline, fruit, garden, produce/productivity, pruning.