Summary: It’s just like yesterday that we just greeted ourselves, “Happy new year.” Now, it is December again and another new year is knocking at our doors. How time flies!
It’s just like yesterday that we just greeted ourselves, “Happy new year.” Now, it is December again and another new year is knocking at our doors. How time flies!
Few years back, at the beginning of that year when everybody was celebrating witnessing another year and congratulating one another wishing themselves and the people around them the best in the new year, God took me to the book of Luke and exposed a misery to me about the life of a man as it relates to God. I became so heavy in my heart; and I was like God, this is dangerous! That’s to say the least.
And since I am the writing type, I quickly resolved that that was an inspiration for another classic from Omotoso Kayode. I did not intensively apply it to my life and I made no effort to preach it on any pulpit either even if that could have helped me in some ways to practice what I preach. The only person that got to know about this did not really get the crux of the matter, I think! And very soon, the story became like that of the seeds that fell among the thorns, although germinated and grew but the affairs of this world outgrew it and shocked life out of the poor plant. What a pity! I was soon overwhelmed by activities in college and duties at work while my new year gift suffered an utter neglect.
Thank God for God though, _His mercies are always unfathomable. As the year is about coming to a close, He reminded me again the message that was to guide me through the year 2011 that I chose to push behind me. His word is life and it is true for all seasons, just follow me as we follow His lead and take a journey through these four (4) verses of the Scriptures and their importance to man as a creature of God.
Before we go ahead, please, prayerfully and carefully read the following passage as if you have never read it before. May God open our eyes to the misery behind His word in Jesus name. (Amen).
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.
The man actually planted so many things in the vineyard of which the fig tree was just one. He chose to include the fig tree among the numerous plants in the vineyard because he would have a need for the use of its fruits thereof. And probably because he wasn’t as skilled a vinedresser himself, he invested a huge sum in hiring a professional gardener and provided him with every resources required for an effective and efficient service delivery in the vineyard. This, he did basically to get optimal yield from the vineyard at each harvest.
The very first year he came, the proceeds from the vineyard did not include the fig but he did not bother himself about that giving excuse for the unproductivity of the fig tree and probably some other plants in the first year. All plants do not grow at the same rate and given the same conditions, they would not produce yield at the same rate.