“So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’” vs. 7
It appears that in this parable, the man’s love for his fig tree was quite conditional. He could put up with three years of fruitless living, but that was his limit. That’s the way it is in agriculture…it’s all about production. Jesus knew that, and tells this story to make a point about God’s expectations for human life. Again, his words are hard for us to hear. We’d rather believe that God is only interested in our “being” and not our “doing.” In fact grace-oriented preachers have gone out of their way to assure us that God cares not a whit about results in our lives, that we can pretty much do what we want and God will just keep on loving us. Unfortunately such a message is a major distortion of what our scriptures teach. It is true that God’s loving is unconditional…it’s the foundation of our being. But that in no way means that our behaviors are inconsequential! It does make a difference what we do with our lives! Of course we can’t carry the analogy too far. God isn’t going to snuff us out if we’re not productive…and we aren’t just to think of ourselves as “human doings.” Jesus’ point is plain. We are called to bear fruit in this world! It’s a part of who we have been created to be!
Thought for the Day: What fruit am I bearing?