The Barren Fig Tree

Posted: January 18, 2016 in TLCC
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And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.

And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?

And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure.

Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Luke 13:6-9

God is concerned about our fruitfulness. After how many years of being a Christian, we should look at ourselves and take an assessment. Am I bearing fruit? If not, God is going to remove us if we are not fruitful.

However, we also see that Jesus is someone who gives second chances. Give it another year. He would invest in someone who isn’t bearing fruit. He would pour time and attention to someone who is due to be taken away already. It is a kingdom principle that we are to learn.

When someone is not bearing fruit, do we chastise the person or do we go invest more time and effort with them? Being Christ-like means doing the opposite of what the world does. The world usually cut their losses when someone is unproductive. In the kingdom of God, that person is given a second chance and invested in more.

How do we treat those who are hurting? Those who are no longer seen?

Judgment day would eventually come. But to judge people is in God’s hand, not ours. Our job is to be fruitful. for those who are no longer bearing fruits, we can apply the kingdom principle of helping them out. It is going to take a while but our role is to build each other up.


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