Summary: In the parable of the fig tree, the owner passed by the fig tree 3 times before he threatened to cut it down. How many times must Jesus pass by us before He finds fruit on our branches?
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Pastor James May
GOD’S FIG TREES
Luke 13:6-9, "He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 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? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down."
To begin this message this morning I want to welcome you to the Garden of God. The reason I say that is that each of us are planted in this place this morning by God to bring froth fruit in season. We are planted by the Blood of the Lamb, cultivated by the Holy Spirit, and fertilized by the Word of God. Each of us is represented in the parable above in one way or another. Let’s look at the parable to see where we are right now.
God’s greatest desire is that each of us makes the decision to become a fig tree in His garden that will bear fruit. We spoke a few weeks ago of the fact that our Father in Heaven is the Husbandman and it is He who watches over his garden and works with us to trim away the unnecessary parts and make us more fruitful.
The owner of the vineyard was passing by this fig tree for the 3rd time. Each time he came by he had hoped to find some ripened fruit that would show that this fig tree was productive but each time he came there was no fruit.
I think the point that Jesus is making to each of this morning is that He is passing by each us one more time. He has passed by most of us a number of times, seeking for the fruit that we are to bear for the Kingdom of God.
Perhaps on one of those occasions, Jesus may have found the that we were thirsty and dry so He watered us with the Word of God that we might obtain the water of life freely from its life giving flow. He has given us His own precious blood to wash us, cleanse us and give us life eternal, but now there must come the works of faith as fruit that we bear.
Time and time again we come together and God speaks to us through His word as the message goes forth from God’s appointed minister.