Today’s Reading: Luke 13:1-21
Key Verse: “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.” Luke 13:6
In today’s reading, we find ourselves in a vineyard – this owner planted a tree and expected the tree to progress, to grow – He expected to find some fruit on the tree. The owner of the tree made a REASONABLE REQUEST. It was his tree and he expected this fig tree to have done better than in previous years.
The owner expected some fruit to be on the tree– it was a REASONABLE REQUEST. However every time the Owner came to the tree with a REASONABLE REQUEST, the tree was unproductive and barren. The thing that strikes me the most is this tree had some advantages.
The first advantage was LOCATION; the tree was planted in a vineyard. Being in a vineyard meant that the tree was protected. The vineyard was enclosed, surrounded by a hedge or a fence, to keep the wild animals from ravaging the fruit on the trees. And those of us who have given our life to Jesus Christ — enjoy the protection of God.
The second advantage that this tree had was that it was PLANTED! Purposely placed and positioned. It was not a product of chance or coincidence! The tree had been planted in the vineyard! And that it had been planted suggests that the planter had a purpose in mind for the tree.
The Bible says the owner kept coming, looking to find fruit. The tree was there for three years – that’s a total of 36 months, 156 weeks, 1095 days, 26, 280 hours, and 473,040 minutes. And the owner found nothing.
The question we face today is ‘What fruit is on our tree?’
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23