“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’?” (Luke 13: 6 -7)
Jesus is giving us the opportunity to do more than use up space. In fact in Luke 13, Jesus gives the bookends for our whole reason for being on the earth. The first reason why we are here is to repent: to align our life with the life of God, to align our will with the will of God; to turn to God, find forgiveness from God, and walk with God.
Jesus says, if we don’t repent we perish. Plain and simple. God expects fruit from our lives and the kind of fruit God desires is rooted in repentance.
The other bookend for why we’re here is the byproduct from what is begun in repentance. The way of grace works like this. We begin in repentance. We believe in the Lord Jesus and exchange our way for His. We build up our faith, praying and practicing the habits the Holy Spirit teaches us. We bless others. We bring life to others through the sacrifice of our service. Finally, we breakthrough into newness of life.
How do we breakthrough? We become a disciple maker. We become a fisher of people. We become an example, the proprietary system God uses to bring freedom and life to others: the freedom of forgiveness and faith, the freedom of healing and joy, the freedom of purpose and mercy.
I call you to account this day. Have you repented of doing no more than taking up space in the soil? The Holy Spirit will continue to dig around in your life so that you might align yourself in faith with Jesus but don’t take that work of God for granted. You can only share out of what you have. Have a relationship with Jesus. Live by His grace as a free person so you can be used of God to share what you have received.