I can’t say I ever would have thought of myself as a fig tree if it hadn’t been for Jesus. (Click here for the full audio of yesterday’s message). Here’s how the parable goes:
“There was a fig tree growing in a vineyard. The owner came out looking for fruit on it, but didn’t find any. The owner said to the vine dresser, ‘Look here! For three years not I’ve come out in search of fruit on this fig tree and have found none. Cut it down. Why should it clutter up the ground?’ In reply, the vine dresser said, ‘Please leave it one more year while I hoe around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine; if not, then let it be cut down.’”
So, my fellow fig trees, here’s the deal. God always gives us another chance to live with love and to grow into the beautiful tree we were created to be. I know we get distracted by many things in life, and many other things seem to take up a great deal of our time and energy so we don’t have time to love and grow as we could. But those are the two most important pieces.
Hoeing up the soil around the fig tree meant that the shoots that the tree sent out to grow baby fig trees were cut off, allowing for a stronger tree. And, everything needs nourishment (aka, fertilizer) to grow. So, let go of those things that need to be let go of, and nourish your life with things that feed your soul. All the best advice sounds simple, doesn’t it? I know it’s not so easy, but there you have it.