The barren fig tree (Luke 13:6-9) | back

 6He 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. He planted a fig tree that never produced any fruit and became very disappointed. We as Christians are to produce good fruit, spreading the seeds of truth in the Word.

 7Then 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? The man told the gardener to cut the fig tree down after waiting three years for the tree to produce. He told the gardener that we can use the space for something else. If we call our selves Christians, we should be producing good fruit. Fruit in the Word about the Kingdom of God. If we don't, what good are we to the Lord. If we choose the ways of the world, we may be cut off from the Kingdom just as the cutting of the fig tree that did not produce fruit.

 8And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it. The gardener replied, lets give it another year and I will give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. Our Heavenly Father always gives us chance, and upon repentance; is always willing to forgive us for our sins and lack of producing fruit. (II Peter 3:9) Our Heavenly Fathers will is that we all come to repentance.

 9And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. If we get fruit next year, fine; if not, we will cut it down. Again, it is the Lord's will that we all come to repentance and produce good fruit. If not; well then we may be cut off from the Kingdom of God, just as the barren fig tree.