Barren Fig Trees
What is the fruit we bear? In fact, are we bearing fruit at all. In the name of relevance, what have we sacrificed? In the act of “getting folks saved”, what have we lost? In the name of “bigger is better”, what have we neglected?
You remember the story from Luke 13:6-7:
Then [Jesus] 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?’”
Are we bearing the fruits of conversion and regeneration? Or have we Sacrificed them by focusing on Relevance? What price have we paid in our efforts to be “attractive”? Relevance can look a lot like flesh-appealing-entertainment. It can turn our efforts to a place if sensitivity, sensuality and suductiveness. Praying through, preaching conviction and sin, and leaning solely on the power of the Word – birthed from a place of prayer, may all have been sacrificed on an altar of fleshly appeal. Is our fig tree barren?
Are we bearing the fruits of repentance? Or have we lost them by just trying to “get folks saved”? What of repentance? What of a radical change in life and lifestyle? What of being transformed by the renewing of our minds? Is there a one among us who is miraculously “a new creature in Christ”, bearing fruit to a watching world, so they might behold that “old things have passed away and all things have become new”? Is our fig tree barren?
Are we bearing the fruit of the Spirit? Or have we neglected it for “Bigger is Better”? Gifts are nice. Fruits are better. Have we neglected the optional for the essential? What of the Koinonia of the body of believers? What of “there was no need among them”? What of kindness? Peace? Patience? Joy? And the rest? Is there room for the fruit of the Spirit in our programs, planning meetings and productions? Is out fig tree barren?
And on that day, with tears streaming from the eyes of the sheep, and weeping and wailing in the hearts of the goats, they will cry out, “but Lord”… Was our fig tree was barren?