Saturday: 27th October, 2018
Reference text: Luke 13:1-9
Luke 13:7 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?
God is really curious as to why some aren’t bearing fruits, but the biggest excuse that gets us into even more trouble is : ‘we have more time’. The story of a fig tree that was past its maturity period is what Jesus uses in the Gospel to tell his story. The owner had waited patiently for three years to get results, but when he got none, the order was given for it to be cut down. The gardener, who had nursed this tree over the course of those three years, pleaded for ‘one more year’ of nurturing after which he would step back.
What happens at the end of that additional year is not recorded, but we know one thing or the other will happen: whether ‘fruit is borne’ or the tree is cut down’. Both of these events will however occur without the fig tree having any idea it was operating in added time, because it was ‘a tree’. Beloved, we on the other hand are not fig trees because we have clear orientation of time, place and results.
We know what we ought to be doing and what is expected of us. But often, we delude ourselves with the concept of ‘there is more time to do what is expected of us later, and that those who expect these results from us, will keep on waiting patiently’. However, patience in such terms, can run out. I don’t know if you are getting comfortable and marking time like the fig tree because no one has said anything to you but you need to get going with some results.
In your family, the fruits of a good home have to be seen, and the fruits of your hard work as a student or worker ought to be evident. You must bear fruits as a Christian because there has to be something to show. This is not about a flamboyant display of what you do, but so the one who put you here knows that you not just taking up space nor biding your time; that you are at work, bearing fruit.
Remember # You are here to bear fruit, fruits that will last, so get started.