Fruitfulness in 2019 | Friday, January 18, 2019
By: Pastor Arthur O’Neal
He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none…” – Luke 13:6-9 NKJV
In Luke 13:6-9, Jesus tells a parable about a man who planted a tree on his property with the hope that he would eventually enjoy the fruit that he expected the tree to produce. For two previous years, the man found disappointment at his tree instead of finding the fruit that he expected and wanted. After a third year with nothing to show (or eat) for his labor, the man decided to literally “cut” his losses, by commanding his gardener to cut the tree down.
His conclusion seems appropriate; however, it’s his reasoning that we might find useful in close examination. In the American Standard Version of verse 7, the man asks his gardener concerning why the unproductive tree should continue to “cumber” the ground. The Greek word for “cumber” means, “to render inoperative; to deprive of force, influence and power.” A tree draws nutrients, water and other vital resources from the ground to sustain its life and produce fruit. If a tree doesn’t produce its intended fruit, then it has robbed the soil and depleted its life-giving power. So, how does all of this apply to our lives?
God is our life-giving ground. Before our earthly birth, God places extraordinary talents, gifts and abilities within each of us. In John 15:8, Jesus explains that we bring glory to God the Father when we “bear much fruit,” as opposed to cumbering the ground.
As we seek the Lord in this season, let’s examine our own lives in terms of our fruitfulness for Him.
Let’s seek the Lord so we may bear much fruit!