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Summary: You had tried your best but it seems not enough. You are still a failure. Everyone is disappointed even yourself. If you feel giving up after many times of trying, you can learn the lessons from the tree of disappointment.

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LESSONS FROM THE TREE OF DISAPPOINTMENT

Luke 13:6-9

You had tried your best but it seems not enough. You are still a failure. Everyone is disappointed even yourself. If you feel giving up after many times of trying, you can learn the lessons from the tree of disappointment.

READING

Luk 13:6 Then Jesus used this illustration: "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.

Luk 13:7 Finally, he said to his gardener, 'I've waited three years, and there hasn't been a single fig! Cut it down. It's taking up space we can use for something else.'

Luk 13:8 "The gardener answered, 'Give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I'll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.

Luk 13:9 If we get figs next year, fine. If not, you can cut it down.'"

THREE CHARACTERS IN THE STORY

I –THE UPSET OWNER - PICTURE OF DIVINE DISAPPOINTMENT

Luk 13:6 Then Jesus used this illustration: "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

God, no doubt is the owner of our lives. God created us for specific purpose. And he is disappointed every time that we are not serving our purpose.

If God created us like a machine or a computer, we will surely follow his command without any options. But this will not give satisfaction to him if we will obey him because we are programmed to obey.

So God decided to create us with free will. This gave us right and the capacity to decide whether to obey or to disobey him. If we obey then we will give joy to the heart of God. But if we disobey, we will give him disappointment.

Romans 3:10-12 describe the reasons of this divine disappointment:

10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away; they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

The upset owner here also represents the law and justice. By the virtue of Justice and the law, we are God’s property and we are required to produce for Him.

But again and again, we disappoint God by our failure to obey the law. These prove that our own effort to fulfill the letter of the law cannot by any means please God. It is because human effort is not enough

Romans 3:20

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

Gal. 2:16

know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified

Gal 3:11

Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because "the righteous will live by faith."

II –THE UNPRODUCTIVE TREE - PORTRAIT OF DIVINE JUDGMENT

Luk 13:7 Finally, he said to his gardener, 'I've waited three years, and there hasn't been a single fig! Cut it down. It's taking up space we can use for something else.'


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