“A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.”
-Luke 13:6-9 NIV
Well, that would be frustrating. It’s one thing to have a single tree in your yard as a hobby, it’s quite another if you make your livelihood harvesting produce. Jesus tells this parable about the barren fig tree to assure us of God’s patience. In the parable, the caretaker convinced the vineyard owner not to cut the tree down. He said he would give it extra care and attention over the course of the next year. Jesus is our caretaker. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we are fed and nourished to produce fruit for God. Galatians 5:22-23 teach us that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self–control.” As those who receive the regular care and attention of God through Bible, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, we are to see these fruits growing in our lives. Even if you’re not a big fan of memory work, that list would be worth memorizing, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self–control. They are the fruit of the Spirit who lives in you. God has invested the blood of Jesus in your life. He’s given you the gift of faith. You are forgiven, eternal life is your possession in Christ. Now is the season for us to produce fruit so that others can see it, and glorify God for His goodness.