Summary: To show that GOD placed a time even on our spiritual growth so don't waste time but use time for GOD's Glory.
Does GOD place a time on everything?
Yes. Look at the creation, it's divided into 6 days of creation. GOD created a time and placed a time on everything.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (The Living Bible)
3:1 There is a right time for everything:
3:2 A time to be born; A time to die; A time to plant; A time to harvest;
3:3 A time to kill; A time to heal; A time to destroy; A time to rebuild;
3:4 A time to cry; A time to laugh; A time to grieve; A time to dance;
3:5 A time for scattering stones; A time for gathering stones; A time to hug; A time not to hug;
3:6 A time to find; A time to lose; A time for keeping; A time for throwing away;
3:7 A time to tear; A time to repair; A time to be quiet; A time to speak up;
3:8 A time for loving; A time for hating; A time for war; A time for peace.
Genesis 1:3-5 (The Living Bible)
1:3 Then God said, "Let there be light." And light appeared.
1:4 And God was pleased with it and divided the light from the darkness.
1:5 He called the light "daytime," and the darkness "nighttime." Together they formed the first day.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD placed a time even on our spiritual growth so don't waste time but use time for GOD's Glory.
Ephesians 5:16 (Amplified Bible)
5:16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.
Colossians 4:5 (Amplified Bible)
4:5 Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.
Luke 13:7 (Amplified Bible)
13:7 So he said to the vinedresser, See here! For these three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and I find none. Cut it down! Why should it continue also to use up the ground [to deplete the soil, intercept the sun, and take up room]?
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for we bear much abundant fruit because we abide and dwell in Your Presence everyday because of Your Grace upon us.
Three years to bear fruit
A. Author: Dr. Luke, The Beloved Physician (close friend and traveling companion of Paul)
B. Audience: Theophilus (Greek means friend of GOD, a Christian)
C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of CHRIST as seen by eyewitnesses
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. We are given three years to bear fruit
"So he said to the vinedresser, See here! For these three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and I find none."
GOD has His own time table. It's usually His time not ours that is on the line.
If you consistently goes to your local church every Sunday, and 1 midweek service a week, and attends prayer meetings ALL as a result of Grace through faith, you are a healthy CHRISTian and bearing fruit will be automatically done because you always cling to the Vine - the LORD JESUS. Of course, not to mention, that you have your daily devotions and prayer time privately as well, first and foremost.