Day #57: The Last Chance

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, 'Lo, these three years 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, 'Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

Luke 13:6-9, RSV

 

This is a sobering parable, once we realize what it is all about. Yet, it can also be a very encouraging parable for those who heed its message.

 

It's certainly not a difficult parable to understand. It involves the example of a fig tree that should have been producing fruit for three years, but had not. So the man who owns the tree wants it to be cut down since it is just taking up valuable resources, but the man who looks after the trees asks for one more year. If it bears fruit, great! But if not, it will be cut down.

 

The message cannot be lost on us. We have been placed here by God and He expects us to bear fruit for Him. There comes a point in everyone's life where they should be bearing that fruit, but for some reason or another, they do not. That being the case, there will come a final chance. Only God knows when His willingness to let us go without bearing fruit will come, but the day will certainly come. If we begin to bear fruit, great! But if not...

 

Are you bearing fruit? If not, when do you think your last chance will come? Could this be your final year?

 

This is why we are reading! To make sure that we do not miss our last chance. Understand that God does not want you to miss it, thus the chance, but we must at some point begin to bear fruit or be cut down.

 

Today's reading is Luke 13. It will help us to recognize the responsibility and the privilege of serving our Lord.