John 15: 1-4 (The Living Bible)
I am the True Vine, and my Father is the Gardener.
He lops off every branch that doesn't produce.
And He prunes those branches that bear fruit for even larger crops.
He has already tended you by pruning you back for greater strength
and usefulness by means of the commands I gave you. Take care to
live in Me, and let Me live in you. For a branch can't produce fruit
when severed from the vine. Nor can you be fruitful apart from Me.