A certain man and his fig tree.
Now the first thing I want to mention here, is that the purpose of every fruit tree is to bear fruit. If it does not,….it is only wood…to be cut down and used that way.
Luke 13:6-7 “He (Jesus) spake also 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?”
Here is a man who loves figs! But the tree that he had planted was not bearing any.
It was not just one year, or two…..but three years he had come….hoping that this tree would give him the fruit he loves.
After three years, he feels that this is a useless effort…..”why waste space and time on a tree that will not give fruit?”
So he tells his dresser…..the one who prunes and keeps the trees….to “cut it down”….at least I can get something from the wood.
(But that was not the purpose of this fig tree!)
Luke 12:8-9 “And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.”
The dresser….knowing the longing of his Lord’s heart….asks that he might give it some extra attention….
….some “digging about it”….let us really see where the root of the problem is….has it come up against a rock….or rot?
Then I will dung it…..give it extra instruction and feed it with grace….
…then let’s see what will happen.
How long has the Lord been looking for fruit from us?
In this Laodicean Age, He looks with a longing that is far beyond our comprehension….that the “travail of HIs soul” (Isaiah 53:11) might be satisfied….that His Purpose, for us, might bear fruit.
He can not be satisfied until every last one that He paid the price for is redeemed,…..and bringing forth fruit unto eternal life (that condition of life, for now through eternity).
God is Sovereign…..He has set each of us in our place….for this time….
…to bring forth the fruit He loves:
The fruit of the Holy Spirit within us…”love, joy, longsuffering, gentleness,…” (Galatians 5:22-23)
…And the fruit of another Christian from our witness.
The Lord has come to see if we are bearing fruit….one year, two years, three years….how long has He come to HIs church….and each individual in it?
The Holy Spirit (the dresser…through the preaching and teaching of His Word)…will dig around us.
Will we let Him see our hinderance and deal with it?
And the Holy Spirit will….dung us.
Are you really hearing the lessons He is speaking…..and getting the grace He wants to give?
There is still time to bear the fruit of eternity…..for the pleasure of our Lord.
Will we use the means He has ordained….and satisfy His heart?
Or will we be just cut down for wood?
There is purpose in both…..but only one satisfies the Lord heart best.
Just before Christ Jesus was manifested to Israel…..John the Baptist was sent to preach repentance….to “dig about” Israel….and “dung” them….
….giving them a way to prepare their hearts to receive the Messiah.
When the religious rulers came, just to check out his baptism,….John the Baptist said:
Matthew 3:8, 10 “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
And now the axe is laid to the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down,….”
How many times have we heard of late (especially this past year):
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Have we? For there is the Way of fruit bearing…..taking our place before His throne in humble repentance….and seek His help to make things right in our lives.
Many thanks for reading us.