Luke 13: 6-8
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.
This parable talks about a man who owns a vineyard. In it, there is a fig tree the man has been watching for three years and it has never produced any fruit. He calls to his gardener and wants the tree destroyed. However, the gardener asks for one more chance to nurture it. This is where the parable ends.
We don’t know if permission was granted.
We don’t know if the tree ever gave fruit.
It almost drove me crazy. I mean, really, there is no ending.
Then I realized that is the point. The story doesn’t end. It is a good thing that it doesn’t end. You see God owns the vineyard. Jesus is the gardener. We are the fig tree. We don’t always produce fruit. We often sin. God hates sin. He wants nothing to do with it. Jesus steps in and says he can cover our bins. He can keep working with us and molding us. He keeps giving us a chance to bloom.
This story, like ours, never ends. Jesus doesn’t give up on any of us. There is nothing you can do and nowhere you can go that he Isn’t there with you and trying to nurture you.
I am not giving up either. Not on myself. Not on my family. Not on my friends. Not even on my enemies.
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