The Fig Tree

Scripture Passage: Luke 13:6-9

Like the tree in this parable, we have been given time to produce fruit in our lives. Our first fruits should be love, joy and peace. The man who owned the tree was impatient and wanted to destroy the tree but the man who took care of the tree asked for more time so he could take better care of it. Just the same with us, God has patience and cares for us so we will bring forth fruit. A fig tree normally takes three years to reach maturity. If it is not producing fruits by that time it is not likely to fruit. But this fig tree was given a second chance. It is always Jesus' way to give us chance after chance. God is always kind to the man who falls and rises again. Let us make sure we don't shut God out of our lives.

1. Who plants the fig tree and who takes care of it?
God plants and Jesus takes care of it.
2. What will happen if we do not bear fruit?
We will be cut down.
3. What do we learn from this passage?
We should bear fruit (repent) or we will perish.

Memory verse: Galatians 5:22-23
But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (NLT)

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