Luke 13: 6 – Make a U-turn in Your Thinking

Fruit in Orchard

Luke 13: 6 – Make a U-turn in Your Thinking

Luke 13: 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the man working the vineyard, ‘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?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good, but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Jesus had just given some teaching about the need for repentance, the making of a U-turn when going the wrong way, lest the wrong way prove deadly. Then next, He goes directly to this parable about an orchard keeper and a hired worker who had apparently neglected proper care for a particular tree. ‘Enough” says the orchard keeper to the worker, let’s waste no further resources on this one. The worker recognizes his irresponsibility in that area of the orchard and makes no excuses. Instead, he repents – he makes a U-turn in his thinking and proposes a plan to get things right. The point is that God wants none of the gifts provided to us wasted! The Spirit wants to call our attention to ways that happens – what is my “fig tree” ? what is our “fig tree” as a congregation? as a nation? – what is Israel’s “fig tree” today? And maybe most importantly, which of your “fig trees” are being neglected and hence fruitless? Show us please, Lord God, by your Spirit. And too, give us a plan for our turnarounds.

Pastor Bill

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