“Does man need to be faithful, holy, righteous, godly and the likes? Yes, but the first instruction, or command if you please, is to be fruitful”
Then Jesus told them this parable: “There was once a man who had a fig tree growing in his vineyard. He went looking for figs on it but found none.
So he said to his gardener, ‘Look, for three years I have been coming here looking for figs on this fig tree, and I haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it go on using up the soil?’
But the gardener answered, ‘Leave it alone, sir, just one more year; I will dig around it and put in some fertilizer.
Then if the tree bears figs next year, so much the better; if not, then you can have it cut down.’ ”
It is true that we don’t always like to look in the mirror of evaluation because we may not like what we shall see, but the Christian race requires a short accounting system_ constant evaluation to see if we are really on course to the heavenly Jerusalem. That may be the end goal, but then we need to know if we are still in the faith.
The farmer and the tree.
God is the owner of the vineyard. Isaiah 5:1
The tree planted is the believer. Those who are planted in the kingdom of God. Psalms 92:13
There is a reason for the comparison with a tree, the need for fruit.
The farmer and his expectation.
No farmer plants anything without an expectation. The expectation is fruit.
God expects you to be fruitful.
He planted you in his kingdom for the sake of fruit.
You are not just planted to use up the nutrition from the soil of his garden, yes he wants you well nourished, remember however that the nutrition, is for fruit’s sake.
God has made you and granted all the resources for you to be fruitful. You have it all. But without fruit you have failed.
There is a reason he has expectation and there is no allowance for barrenness, non-profitability or non performance. No excuse will be good enough. You know why? Psalm 92:12-15
Genesis 1:28. The first thing God spoke to man is to be fruitful.
Does man need to be faithful, holy, righteous, godly and the likes? Yes, but the first instruction, or command if you please is to be fruitful.
This is why the owner comes to the garden to demand what he already supplied: all that is required for life and godliness, the basic and vital nutrients for fruitfulness and productivity.
Examine yourselves. Check your scorecard, tally it against the owner’s expectation. Where do you stand? For a tree it was checked out after three years and there was no fruit, you will also be checked out and what shall be the result? No fruit? That shall not be the result of my life when I shall be checked out in Jesus’ name.
Frustration of the farmer
Do you think you will be disappointed when you’re checked and found without result? Think again, the owner will be more disappointed. He had an expectation, he could see how blossoming you looked afar off, but on closer inspection you have been a waste of resources.
The fruitless tree and the false image
You have been in the garden for a while, you are a good specimen of strength and freshness but then you are just there disturbing the peace of the smaller trees. You take up the nutrients and it can show in the green leaves and your fat bough but you are fruitless and those who can produce fruit in the garden your shade and big tap roots is denying them the needed nutrients.
Evaluate your life, is this the story of your life?
You are well known because all you have been able to do is launder your own image. Sorry, the expectation is not your image or making names for yourself but to be fruitful.
The fruitless tree and the final chance
“one more time”
You have wasted the resources these years but now consider your position again, there is an extra time for you, more resources are coming your way one more time. They are not for use in image laundering or to just be more fatter. These more resources are for a brief period and that you may bear fruit this time.
Must I go an empty handed?
- Must I go, and empty-handed,
Thus my dear Redeemer meet?
Not one day of service give Him,
Lay no trophy at His feet?
Must I go, and empty-handed?
Must I meet my Savior so?
Not one soul with which to greet Him:
Must I empty-handed go?
- Not at death I shrink nor falter,
For my Savior saves me now;
But to meet Him empty-handed,
Thought of that now clouds my brow.
- O the years in sinning wasted;
Could I but recall them now,
I would give them to my Savior,
To His will I’d gladly bow.
- O ye saints, arouse, be earnest,
Up and work while yet tis day;
Ere the night of death o’ertake thee,
Strive for souls while still you may.
One more chance
Will you present failure this extra time or results this one more time. Is it going to be just leaves this time or bountiful harvest of fruits? My brother what shall it be.
What is your report, what is your scorecard. You are not a failure, not yet. If you read this, you still need to know there’s one more chance, one more season to be productive, another period for performance.
Don’t blow it this time.
facilitator: Rev. Bunmi Obalade (PhD)