In the Bible, believers are often compared to figs and vines. Both bear fruits and it is very easy to make parables based on them. The one (Luke 13, 6-9) I am going to discuss in this article – The Fig Tree growing in a Vineyard – is one such.
6 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. 7 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?’
In this parable, we see a fig tree growing in a vineyard. The man who took care of this vineyard also took care of this fig tree, he promptly added fertilizers and watered it with the other trees in the garden. However, this fig tree did not bear any fruits, though it looked quite healthy and was old enough to bear fruits.
The owner of the vineyard had taken notice of the tree and continually for three years, went to this tree looking for fruits but found nothing.
Subsequently, the owner decides to cut the tree down in order to prevent it from using up the soil any further and he instructs the gardener to cut and remove it immediately from the Garden.
However, the gardener was still a bit more optimistic and patient than the owner, so he suggests him to let it be there for another year and if it did not bear any fruit, then, remove it from the garden; and the owner agreed to his suggestion.
Though, this parable seems very simple, it teaches us, believers, a very profound lesson about our Christian life.
This fig tree in this parable represents each one of us. The vineyard is the world that we live in and the owner is the God Almighty.
God called us and separated us from this fallen world to live a life that is completely holy and pleasing in His sight. We are the citizens of God’s kingdom. Each one of us has a unique role to play in His Kingdom and we should play that role effectively by bearing fruits.
Whatever, talents He has given us, we should use them to bear fruits for the Kingdom of God.
Please, remember, God Almighty, gave a very heavy price to call and separate us from this fallen world. He sacrificed His only begotten Son on the cross to give us eternal life, to make us part of His Kingdom. Hence, we have a huge responsibility to live as light to this world.
He saved us not just to save us alone, he also wants others to be saved through us. For this to happen we need to bear fruits.
A tree that does not bear fruits is barren and it is good for nothing except to cut and throw into the fire to be burned.
Saints, remember, he did not call us to be nominal Christians, He did not call us to be idle and barren; but he called us to be true Christians who bear fruits according to the talents He has given us.
Each one of us is entrusted with a unique task of bearing unique fruits for the Kingdom of God.
You might be thinking:
Oh! I have faith in Christ and there is nothing more I need to do in order to go to heaven.
Remember, just because you have faith in Christ, or you go to church on Sunday, it does not mean that you are a Fig tree that bears fruit.
See What Apostle James says:
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James, 2, 14-17)
If your faith does not lead you to obedience to God’s Commandments, it is a dead faith. You are a fig tree that bears no fruits.
You might be thinking: Oh! I have been living like this for many years and nothing bad has happened to me; it must be because, I am still a good Christian.
But, please keep this in mind: you are still in the vineyard despite not bearing any fruits is because: the gardener is interceding on behalf of you, otherwise, the owner of the garden would have already cut and thrown you in to fire to be burned.
Saints, please remember, we are the fig tree in the vineyard and its owner is observing us very carefully. Definitely, one day he will come looking for fruits in us. He might forgive us once, twice or even a third time.
But there will be a time when he says to the gardener: “enough! Let us cut down this tree; it is bearing no fruits. So, please don’t wait until then for you to get right with the God Almighty.
If you have walked away from the grace of Christ, re-commit yourself to Him. Get right with God. Transform yourself into a fig tree that bears good fruits.
Please remember, so far you have survived not on your merits, but on HIS Grace. Someone has been interceding on behalf of you all these years but it won’t continue indefinitely, there will be a time when the doors of Grace are shut.
So, before that happens, humble yourself before the God Almighty and live a life that is pleasing to HIM. Amen.