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God is Looking for Good Fruit

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God is Looking for Good Fruit

Everyone is guilty of sin and everyone needs to repent, continually.

Jesus said, “What about those 18 people who died when the tower at Siloam fell on them? Do you think that they were more sinful than other people living in Jerusalem? No! I can guarantee that they weren’t. But if you don’t turn to God and change the way you think and act, then you, too, will all die.”[1]

The point Jesus made is simple. Not every bad thing that happens to people is indicative of their own sin.

God does not owe us freedom from tragedies because we’re better people than others. We are all just beggars pointing other beggars to Jesus. We are all just sinners leading other sinners to Christ. Healthy Christians recognize they have a log in their own eye that can only be removed by the grace of God.

So Jesus leads out of that conversation into this parable. “Then Jesus used this illustration: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard. He went to look for fruit on the tree but didn’t find any.”[2]

  • “A certain man” = that’s God.
  • “Had a fig tree” = that’s us.
  • “Planted in His vineyard” = a protected place, fertile soil.

Everything we need for life and godliness has been provided!

Isaiah 5 paints the picture of this great vineyard we are in. It begins like this:

Let me sing a love song to my beloved about his vineyard:

My beloved had a vineyard on a fertile hill.

He dug it up, removed its stones, planted it with the choicest vines,

built a watchtower in it, and made a winepress in it.

 Then he waited for it to produce good grapes,

but it produced only sour, wild grapes.[3]

He found no good fruit. He came seeking fruit—expecting it, but there was none. God expects us to grow. He expects us to bear good fruit.

 

Listen to the complete message, “Cutting Out the Dead Wood” here.

 

[1] Luke 13:4-5 GW

[2] Luke 13:6 GW

[3] Isaiah 5:1-2 GW

 

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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