Jesus, The Compassionate Gardener


Luke 13:6-9 (NIV)

“Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ ‘“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down (Luke 13:6-9 NIV).’”

The landowner’s concern over his fig tree seems to be profitability.  His investment has failed (literally) to bear fruit.  He wants to cut his losses.  But his gardener suggests that with some nurturing, this tree may well be fruitful.  Second chances are part and parcel of what God provides for us.  Even more significant is His willingness, and in fact, provision for our nurture through His Word and in fellowship.  He doesn’t want any of us to be unprofitable, but even more He doesn’t want us to be lost.


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