A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’. ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ (Luke 13: 6-8)
The Lord is patient enough with us, bearing with our slow growth, delayed obedience, and easily-shaken faith. But we must not remain as unfruitful fig trees forever. Friends, fruitlessness is sin. You are not doing the good you know you ought to do (James 4:17).
You know what to do to be fruitful in God? Repent. Come back to the Lord–the master gardener, the pruner, the cultivator. Let Him dig around you and cultivate you. Let Him work in you.
Be reminded that this is a tedious process. It entails pain and patience. It requires growing. You will be dug and emptied out. But more importantly, you will be filled in with what you truly need. You will be cultivated. Your life will be enriched.
What if you do not repent? You perish (Luke 13:5). You remain fruitless and die fruitless.
May taning ang Diyos sa’yo. Umayos ka. Ngayon pa lang, magpaalaga ka. Repent now so you can bear fruit and not perish. Just give your consent to undergo the process of pruning, fertilizing, and growing. It is Jesus who is going to work in you. You just have to let Him do it.
Friends, let’s open ourselves to opportunities where He can dig and fertilize our hearts and minds. Let’s trust Him for discipline and provision. Let’s bear fruit.