Barren on Borrowed Time – Luke 13:6-9
This weekend at CrossPoint Lindsborg, we learned about The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree. It was a stand-alone message, unaffiliated with a sermon series. Luke 13:6-9 was our focus during the teaching.
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.’” (ESV)
Highlights from the Message
Jesus taught using parables. He did not use parables so that everyone could easily understand him. In fact, sometimes parables turned people away from Christ.
God uses parables to sovereignly work in the hearts of people. The same parable may cause different results in different people. Some will be drawn while others may be hardened.
The way people respond to God’s Word reveals where they stand with God. How will you respond to this parable?
Israel was on Christ’s mind here. The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree symbolizes Israel’s final opportunity to repent.
Our fruit will be inspected (verse 6). Not only will God judge our fruit in the end, but our church family is obligated to inspect our fruit today.
We are equipped to produce (verse 7). We have everything we need to be fruitful disciples.
There is a grace period (verses 8-9). Israel has an expiration date. Our lives have expiration dates. Today, we are in a grace period.
Unless we abide in Christ, we should not expect to produce any fruit.
Two purposes exist in God’s patience (cf. Romans 2:3-5). First — God’s kindness is meant to lead us to repentance. Second — God’s patience allows sinners to store up wrath for themselves. Which purpose suits you?