Then 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?
Let’s not be cumbersome Christians. Let’s not just be taking up space without fulfilling the God-given purpose of our lives here on Earth. We are expected to bear fruit. That is our purpose, just like it was the fig tree’s purpose. And a fruitless tree is so wasteful because it takes up so much valuable ground. Its vast roots waste precious nutrients that could be given to other plants that would bear much fruit. It takes away from the other trees around that are giving forth fruit, the ones that are making a difference, the ones that are pleasing to the master of the vineyard.
Have we come to a point in our lives where we’re no longer bearing fruit for our Master? Maybe we’ve been seeking nourishment from the wrong places and we’re just coming up empty. Maybe we’re not relying on God to accomplish anything, so we keep on failing and getting discouraged. Maybe we’re not spending enough time with Him, reading His Word, praying, worshiping, and so we’ve used up anything that would allow us to bear fruit long ago.
But there is a way to be fruitful again. There is a way to start being useful again. There is a way to have purpose again. But it only comes through a little bit of humility and some repentance, a little bit of effort and focus. Because when just one small fruit finally buds, it encourages us to continue on and put in a little bit more effort and make another little change and take another little step. And when we keep going in that right direction, growing in the Lord, learning of Him, and turning toward Him, He enables us to bear more and more fruit.
Let’s not allow ourselves to become unfruitful. How much pleasure it gives our Lord to see His vineyard thriving with an abundance of fruit. How it delights Him and how it honors Him when our lives produce much for His glory. Let’s not get to the place where we’re facing God’s ax because we’re just taking up precious space and not doing anything for Him. But let’s continually seek to be in His will, accomplishing much for Him, obeying His Word, and serving how He would have us to serve.