Some who were present on that occasion told Jesus about the Galileans whom Pilate had killed while they were offering sacrifices. He replied, “Do you think the suffering of these Galileans proves that they were more sinful than all the other Galileans? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did. What about those eighteen people who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them? Do you think that they were more guilty of wrongdoing than everyone else who lives in Jerusalem? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did.” Jesus told this parable: “A man owned a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none. He said to his gardener, ‘Look, I’ve come looking for fruit on this fig tree for the past three years, and I’ve never found any. Cut it down! Why should it continue depleting the soil’s nutrients?’ The gardener responded, ‘Lord, give it one more year, and I will dig around it and give it fertilizer. Maybe it will produce fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.’” (Luke 13:1-9, CEB)
I have been told that it and found evidence online that it can take fig trees 3-5 years to produce fruit. So a three-year-old tree may not have fruit yet. So to cut it down before it is given time to be in the right place and growth to produce fruit isn’t allow the tree to be who it was created to be.
Are we ready to do things when we really aren’t? And should we be down on people who may not be in the place they need to be to do something? We should focus on preparing ourselves and deepening our own faith.
Because if we do not allow the growth to happen we will be like the Galileans and those living in Jerusalem.
Loving People. Loving God.