Text: Luke 13:6-9
“Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing 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.’”
It’s very normal for a farmer to be angry if he plants a seed, and as the seed grows to a tree, it refuses to bear fruit for a very long time. Out of the disappointment and anger, the farmer will cut down the tree.
From the parable above, the fig tree that occupies the garden is You and I. The moment we gave our life to Christ, we occupy valuable space in the kingdom. And as we grow into maturity, it is expected of us to be fruitful. He has given each and every one who believes an opportunity to bear fruit, cause if we say we are of God and we are rooted in his word, we should be able to bear fruit. Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.(KJV)
These fruits is the evidence that the seed is well planted and rooted in a good soil. Jesus said “I am the true vine, and my Father is the Vinedresser. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be bear more fruit”.
The Lord is delighted in the fruitfulness of his children. We have been chosen out of many to go out and bear fruits. We are not to remain the same for a long time, there should be an evidence of growth in us. The questions are; Are you producing fruit? Is your heart still hardened to salvation? or you’re still asking for more time??
We need to understand that borrowed time is not permanent. God’s patience has a limit. In the same way, God in His mercy grants us another day, another hour, another breath. Christ stands at the door of each man’s heart knocking and seeking to gain entrance and requiring repentance from sin. We all live on borrowed time; judgment is near.
Conclusion: Determine to grow today and bear fruits for Christ, both in seasons and out of seasons. For this is the result of your salvation.