I had such peace today as I sat at the throne of God this morning. God has been working in my life in some amazing ways. It reminds me of how different the economy of God is from this world. God’s ways are not ours and they are so very higher than one would ever expect and sometimes even grasp. One very important and very fundamental area of the Christian life is the bearing of fruit for the Kingdom of God. As we grow in grace and knowledge our lives need to start lining up in accordance to the ways of God; becoming more Christlike in every area of our lives. Growth is constant, and our human conditions don’t take away the issue of sin in our lives, but God does not save us just for fun of it. He saves to we can become more like Jesus in every area of our lives; and reaching out to others with His love and compassion. Thus, barring fruit for the kingdom by the way we conduct ourselves and live out our lives is essential. Today, I challenge us all to re-evaluate where we are, and see where the fruit has shown up, or where it is lacking; remembering too that our time on this earth is very short and we have work to do. Prayer and time in The Word of God is essential and needs to be at the core of all we do. Humility comes from a life that is Spirit led and obedient to the will of God. May we all be challenged to become all that God has intended us to be on this earth for the sole purpose of bringing Him glory and honor alone.
Luke 13:6-9 (New Living Translation)
Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. 7 Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’ 8 “The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. 9 If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’”
13:6-9 This parable of the barren fig-tree is intended to enforce the warning given just before: the barren tree, except it brings forth fruit, will be cut down. This parable in the first place refers to the nation and people of the Jews. Yet it is, without doubt, for awakening all that enjoy the means of grace, and the privileges of the visible church. When God has borne long, we may hope that he will bear with us yet a little longer, but we cannot expect that he will bear always.