Lent 19

There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Luke 13:1-9

Trees are some of the most magnificent creations God has made. Some provide shade, some provide fruit, some provide nuts, and all provide oxygen that we need. When trees stop being shady and they no longer give their fruits and dry up. They are only good for firewood.

Our spiritual lives are the same. We may be able to have some success at doing
good things, but if our spiritual lives are dry, we won’t be able to produce the fruits
in our lives that God desires for his people to have.

Where in your life does it feel dry and lifeless? Maybe it’s time to ask God to come and refresh that area of your life with His Spirit.

Father, forgive me for neglecting my spiritual life by being distracted by other things. Sometimes, I try to do good and make things happen in my life without You. I repent of trying to do this life on my own. Would you come and revive me, Lord? I need You. Without You, I can never produce the fruit You came to give me.

All is grace,


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