Fruit-bearing?…or cut down.

Luke 13: 1-9

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.  So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

 “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.  If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”

 …I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’…do you think they were more guilty than all the others…unless you repent, you too will all perish.”…Looks like the question that begs for an answer is “Are we bearing fruit?” Not just any fruit, but fruit that is good, sweet, expected.  The owner expected figs from a fig tree. 

 For all have sinned..there is none righteous..the tree would be cut down for not bearing fruit!  We are all sinners, we can be sinners saved by grace if we repent.  Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for us; we only need to accept it, then move on.   Then we face the question, are we bearing fruit?  What kind?  Do we give, do we share what we have, our knowledge of Christ, our blessings, our love, concern, care?  Or, are we still takers, using up the soil without giving back in return?  Do we spend more time asking than giving?  The statement is: if it doesn’t bear fruit, cut it down.

 We can be the tree planted by the streams of living water that brings forth its fruit in its season and its leaf also does not whither.  We can be fertilized by the Word of God, watered by the Holy Spirit as we commune with Him.  We can be fruit-bearing, living lives that honor the Creator, bring Him glory, spread His love and mercy to those who cross our paths.

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