And He told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’” -Luke 13:6-9
Has the world gotten so tight around you that your roots aren’t going deeper? Christ the Gardner will dig in your heart and aerate it. Sometimes it hurts, but it’s for your good. He strikes at your lusts, pleasures, securities, and comforts. He digs at that to make you faithful and fruitful. The Father is looking for fruit.
[from 7.28.2013 Sunday Morning Sermon by Pastor Steve Wainright on Luke 13:6-9]