Jesus uses a picture of a fig tree not producing fruit. The owner says no fruit cut it down. The Gardner says give me more time and i’ll tend to it personally. In this story Jesus is the Gardner. He is trying to tell the rich people who would not listen and turned away like the rich young ruler who had come to Jesus and said I have kept the commandment my whole life what must I do to be saved. Jesus basically said give up your life and follow me. He went away sad because he was very rich. So the offer of discipleship was turned down because of his wealth.
So what is this story about. FRUIT.
Have you been Born Again. Are you living like the world or have you given up your old lifestyle to follow Christ.
How can you tell? By the Fruit being developed in your life. You can’t develop it with out an intimate personal relationship with the Lord. After all it is the Fruit of the Holy Spirit we are talking about. The more time spent in relationship with the Lord (Gardner) the better the Fruit.
Here are a few noteworthy thoughts.
- Worship requires Relationship with Christ.
- Developing Fruit requires Relationship with Christ.
- Walking by Faith requires Relationship with Christ.
There is no where in the Bible that says get Born Again and do nothing. In other word escape Hell and make Heaven.
Bad preaching and theology has led many people down that path.
God is wanting Relationship with you. It is the very reason He died for you. It is the very reason He sent the Holy Spirit as a comforter to lead you and guide you into all truth.
The Church today is ALL about your FLESH. What can you do to better yourself. How do you do this and that. Really? You can do all things through Christ and nothing without Him. Relationship people. Are you a friend of God or is He just an acquaintance? My flesh crawls when I hear once saved always saved. This is a conditional statement. The Bible does not say get Born Again. It says seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first, but in order to do that you must be Born Again.
So the object of the exercise is not to be Born Again but to enter into Relationship Almighty God.