Luke 13:6–9 (ESV)
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find
none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’
This is short, but packed with a deep message. There was a fruit tree that didn’t bear fruit. The man who owned the fig tree and wanted figs, and he came to pick figs... but the
tree was bare. He was not happy because a fruit tree is suppose to bear fruit... or it’s not really a fruit tree. He was ready to cut it down to destroy it. Now here comes the deep message. The vinedresser told the owner, "Sir,
let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” Now the question is whether the vinedresser had been taking care of this tree
all along. Had he been doing his job, he would have known that the tree doesn’t bear fruit, but he himself doesn’t know, yet he wants to give it a chance. He asks for mercy from the owner to give it special attention and to work the
soil and fertilize it.
I think this is a message to the church to wake up and start tending to the unsaved, to start giving them special attention, to start telling them about Jesus. I think the church
has become complacent and not reaching out to the lost like it should. Sharing Jesus is our highest priority. To take this to a personal level, have you been telling others about what Jesus has done and have you been inviting them to church?
Jesus said he is coming and when he comes... it will be judgement day. Let’s use the time we have left... starting today... to give special attention to what we are called to do... proclaim Jesus. It is time to plant the seeds of faith.
I pray: O Lord, help me to do a better job in planting the seeds of faith... to get the message out about Jesus Christ reconciling the lost into the Kingdom of God. Thank you for your forgiveness and giving
me eternal life and salvation. Help me to share these gifts to others. Amen.