Fruit

This past sunday, our Senior pastor Erich Eisenhart did a message entitled “Trees” about the parable that Jesus told in luke about the Fig Tree. I was studying this passage for a recent small group and wanted to share some thoughts that i had on it. First…lets read

Read Luke 13:6-9….6..Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.7 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?’8 “‘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.'”

What caught my attention was Vs. 6 that said that the Tree was “Growing” but was still not growing any fruit. The tree was positioned correctly, being watered, being cared for and was growing…but was still not bearing fruit… What does this represent?

For me the difference between growing & Bearing fruit is found in looking at what each of them are: The Growth of the  fig tree comes from soaking up the nutrients, and the fruit is what the tree gives back…growth comes from what it takes and fruit is what it gives back in return.

For so many in the Church we receive great teaching, encouragement, awesome opportunities…we have gifts, talents and  great people around us… we soak up…and soak up all that we can… But for so many there is no fruit…there is nothing given back, passed on, applied to our life, turned into action, turned into change, or seen in the community around us. there is no generosity, compassion or reason to think that the growth even mattered.

It is a sobering thought to realize that we can be a church or a people of growth…but not fruit… we can look like it…but not actually be changing or effecting anything…Because what is a Fig Tree that doesn’t have any Figs on it if not useless.

Vs. 9  If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'” (I wonder what Jesus meant by that)

 

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