Most of us know the biblical story of the fig tree, but how does this apply to our lives today? Are we supposed to grow fig trees or does this lesson apply to the instruction to us that our lives should be “bearing fruit”?
He spoke also this parable; “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none”. (Luke 13:6)
This parable is about a man who became frustrated when the fig tree planted in his vineyard did not produce fruit. How does this apply to us? What is the point of this lesson?
For me, the lesson is that God looks for fruit in our lives.
What kind of fruit?
First that come to mind for me are the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).
Secondly would have to be the fruit from your life as a Christian. In John 15:16, Jesus said, “You have not chosen Me but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain“.
What kind of fruit are we expected to produce as Christians?
What would be considered the fruit of a Christian? That would have to be new Christians.
Is your life one that draws people to Christ? Are you showing the fruit of the Spirit in your life as you grow and mature as a Christian? Are you able to say that your life is bearing fruit?
Why not take one of the fruits of the Spirit and work on ways to add it to your life in real, meaningful ways. Then add another one, and so forth….until your life speaks of the Spirit that is living in you.
We need to grow and mature in the Word and in our life before we can bear fruit, but understand this, we are expected to bear fruit; both of a Christian and of the fruit of the Spirit.
Spend time in the Word and watch how it will change you and the desires of your heart. Turn your thoughts to His Word and let it mold and mature you. Soon you will be the “light of the world”…someone that reflects Christ and draws people near to learn about that special joy you have in your life.
What are your thoughts on the type of bearing fruit that we as Christians are suppose to bear? I would love to start a discussion and read your thoughts on these topic.