Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilise it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’” Luke 13:6-9
Jesus is giving us a clear example that the fruit of our lives represents who we really are. If we are walking in relationship with Jesus, our lives will be a reflection of who he is. What does that look like? In Galatians 5:22-23 we read But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Luke 13:6-9 really makes me look at my life and the fruit I am producing. Am I walking in love, joy, self-control? Are there areas of my life which don’t reflect who God is? How can I produce fruit that looks more like Jesus?
God I pray that you continue to bring transformation to my life. Help me to love those around me deeply, daily bring joy into the relationships close to me, help me to show self-control when I’m feeling frustrated. I want my life to reflect you, please help me to see areas where I need to grow and areas where I need to change. Amen.