6Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Read this passage above again. This is Jesus talking about the fruit being born out of our faith. In its original context, Jesus was most likely speaking to God’s people (Israel). He desired to see them truly live into God’s calling for them, as he wants for us as well. Jesus wants us in relationship with him so that our faith is alive, active, growing, bearing fruit.
Is your faith bearing fruit?
One way for your faith to begin to bear fruit – to turn into action – is to begin to act like Jesus. Our challenge for you with our daily readings is to read the stories of Jesus and ask “how can I act like Jesus acts?”
After the above parable, the very next thing Jesus does is heal someone in need at his own risk. You can do that: reach out to someone in need at your own risk, your own expense. Read the rest of the stories this week in the Gospel of Luke, notice how Jesus wants his followers to reach out to those unreachable, and to seek out those who are lost, and to help those who are needy and forgotten about. You can do that, today, and see your faith bear fruit.
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