He’s Patient For A Reason

By on Jul 28, 2020 in He Is Looking For Fruit |

He’s Patient For A Reason Romans 2: 4 “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” I grew up in a large family; there was always something going on.  My parents were always working and very busy with six children. There were times when we would do something that deserved punishment. I would watch my parents be gracious toward us, and I did not understand why. However, one day my younger brother was in trouble, and my father told him, “I am going to get you.” Well, most of us probably know what “get you” means. There seemed to be no action with those words—it turned into a day, a day turn into a week, a week turned into two weeks. Once again, my brother did the same thing and once again my father said, “I am going to get you.”  This time, with a...

He Is Looking For Fruit – Day 5

By on Mar 13, 2020 in He Is Looking For Fruit |

He Is Looking For Fruit – Day 5 Luke 13: 6-9 My father once told me a story about a time he got caught hanging out in the wrong place. He and his cousin were playing basketball at a gym in an unfamiliar neighborhood. The game was rough, and words were exchanged between my father and some of the other boys. My father didn’t know he was playing basketball with a group of gang members. There they were in an unfamiliar place, with about 30 young men standing around them, all ready to do them harm, when an unfamiliar voice from the back asked, “What are you boys’ names?” Having the same last name, my father and his cousin in unison blurted out their name. To their relief, that same voice said, “Leave them alone. I know their people.” Oh, what comfort to have an advocate in that precarious moment. How sweet those simple words of reprieve! Needless to say, my father and his cousin quickly...

He Is Looking For Fruit – Day 4

By on Mar 12, 2020 in He Is Looking For Fruit |

He Is Looking For Fruit – Day 4 Luke 13: 6-9 In my life, I have had the distinction of frustrating a lot of people; usually they get over it. I also know what it is like to be annoyed by others. I got over it. Does God just get over it when he is seemingly frustrated with us? For the record, I do not believe God is ever really frustrated, for he is sovereign. Still, for the sake of discussion, let’s imagine his response to frustration, of sorts. This week we read of the land owner’s response to his frustration with the fruitless fig tree. For three years he had visited this fig tree looking for fruit without finding any. The fig tree had not produced any fruit in three years. Can anyone stand in judgment of his decision to “Cut it down!”? Can you hear and feel his exasperation when he says, “Why does it even use up the ground?” This fig tree was wasting resources. As long as this...

He Is Looking For Fruit – Day 3

By on Mar 11, 2020 in He Is Looking For Fruit |

He Is Looking For Fruit – Day 3 Luke 13: 6-9 Imagine yourself a land owner. Can you smell the richness of the soil? Several years ago you decided to plant a certain fig tree in a particular place, best suited for it to produce fruit. From a distance, you can see the tree has been growing. Full of leaves, the tree appears poised to please because it has been positioned to produce. Matter of fact, you planted this tree in a place where it would receive optimal sunlight in order to have optimum influence, and fruit at the opportune time? With reasonable expectation, you begin to make your way toward the tree to enjoy the fruit from its branches, but when you get to the base of the tree you realize there is no fruit. Now, imagine doing this for three years, three consecutive years, only to discover there is no fruit each year. You were disappointed the first year, but this is the...

He Is Looking For Fruit – Day 2

By on Mar 10, 2020 in He Is Looking For Fruit |

He Is Looking For Fruit – Day 2 Luke 13: 6-9 Historically vineyards were not devoted exclusively to vines; apple and fig trees were planted in vineyards, also. The ancient Egyptians planted their vines and fruit trees in the same vineyard because fruit trees planted in vineyards would add a desired subtle flavor to the wine once it aged. So, not only would these fruit trees provide nourishment for the owner, they would also impact the enclosure they were planted in. In this parable, the fig tree and the vineyard are meant to go together–The owner of the vineyard had a plan. And isn’t it good to know, like this fig tree, our lives have and are being intentionally directed by God? Our existence is not by happenstance. Therefore, we cannot afford to fail to take notice of the kind of fruit we are producing. This tree was planted; this is not some wild, uncultivated fig tree....

He Is Looking For Fruit

By on Mar 9, 2020 in He Is Looking For Fruit |

He Is Looking For Fruit (Luke 13: 6-9) I once heard a comedian say his wife wanted to play a game called “Do-Over.” She asked him, “If I were to give you a do-over, and you could marry anyone, who would it be? The husband replied, “You go first.” His wife proceeded and named a famous, handsome actor. So after laughing about her choice and how unlikely her chances were of meeting this famous actor, the wife asked, “So, who would you choose?” The husband responded with, “Oh, this hot young lady down at the local grocery store.” Of course, this wasn’t so funny to his wife because the chance of that happening was not out of reach. I hope you don’t want a do-over with your spouse. Nevertheless, all of us, at one time or another, have appreciated a chance to do something over, especially when we realized we dropped the ball or failed to produce as we...