Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 6, 2019

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.” – “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 13:6-9.

“And He began telling this parable:  “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard;  and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any.  And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any.  Cut it down!  Why does it even use up the ground?’  And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;  and if it bears fruit next year, fine;  but if not, cut it down.’”  Luke 13:6-9.

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We notice both a patience and a demand for productivity in today’s Scripture.

“And he answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;  and if it bears fruit next year, fine;  but if not, cut it down.’”  Verses 8-9.

Patience is required, because trees do not continually bear fruit.  Trees only bear fruit in their season.  We also get a sense of that point from the following Scripture which describes the righteous yielding fruit in its season.

“He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”  Psalm 1:3.

But, if a tree does not bear fruit in its season, the demand for productivity may result in the tree being cut down and burned.

“The axe is already laid at the root of the trees;  therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”  Matthew 3:10.

But, there is hope!

Christ is like a vine.  We are joined to Christ that we might bear fruit for God.

“Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”  Romans 7:4.

And, God is like the vinedresser Who cares for us, such as pruning us, so that we may bear more fruit.

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away;  and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.  You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches;  he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up;  and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.”  John 15:1-6.


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