Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Fruitless Christians

Luke 13:6-9 “He spake this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon; and found none.
Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I dig about it, and dung it:
And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.”

This matter of bearing fruit is a matter of our responsibility.
We are responsible to bear fruit: both the fruit of the Spirit:
Galatians 5:22-23 ” But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

And the fruit of a Christian, which is another Christian.

Luke 13:6-9. (Above)
The Dresser or gardener, wants to give this tree one more season to produce fruit.
Giving it some special attention: to dig about it and dung it.
“To dig about it”: Loosing the hard places around the roots. How many times have we let the light of the Word of God dry us out; instead of enrich us?
Instead of promises, we see things that we will probably never have.
Instead of warnings, we become distressed to have to remain alert.
Instead of encouragements, we feel overwhelmed with things.

“And dung it”: This is nourishment. Once the digging has opened things up, then the extra help is given. And how much we need this. The Lord often sends us more of the Holy Spirit’s influences, along with Pastors, and messages, to awaken us to turn to Him anew.
We can get stuck in the normal life, we are here, we are Christians, we bear leaves.
We look good, but we are bearing no fruit.
John 15:2 “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”

Now the dresser or gardener could do what he could…give it that special attention, for a time.
But after that, then what?
If the digging and dunging did not work, then this tree would pass out of the hands of the dresser; into the hands of the One that the tree belonged to.
It’s fate then would rest with Him.
What the Lord wants for each of us, is that we bear the fruit of His Spirit in our lives by the intimate fellowship with Him….and then that we as His witnesses, bear the fruit of another Christian. To bear fruit to Christ’s honor and glory.

Duet. 4:20 “But the LORD hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto Him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.”

Nowhere in either Old or New Testament is dedication separated from redemption.
The two are intimately linked, and we never find one without the other. The Apostle Paul did not wait until he was a prisoner, or about to be martyred, before presenting himself to God.

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, wholly, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”

It was never God’s plan that His people should wait several years, perhaps for a time of special blessing, or special trouble; before giving themselves wholly to Him.

It is His intention, that when He saves a people, He also gains a people. He gives me redemption; He asks for my self dedication in return.
He knows (even if we don’t, at times) that our joy is only in Him, and His Will.
He never leaves us in the pig pen of the world, but calls us with His Spirit, to come
And be completely His, by our deliberate, willful choice. (We are already His by His redemption.)
Psalm 65:4 “Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”

Luke 13:9 “And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, after that thou shalt cut it down.”
We are always in God’s hands….for help, strength, and grace. Or for correction, and the rod of chastening.
To the people Christ died for that they may have life eternal; He will not let us go on and be as good as dead.
Life is our inheritance…and the Life of God within us will bring forth fruit by His Spirit; if we yield to His Word to us (don’t be hardened against it) and receive His awakening to our souls.

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