November 26, 2022

It’s not too Late

But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. Luke 13:8

I’ve made many mistakes in my lifetime, you probably have too.  I know they are not the same, we all make our own bad choices.  No matter what you or I have done, there is still hope.  As long as we have breath in our lungs, it is not too late to get it right.

Jesus talks about this in a parable in today’s reading.  He said there was a tree in a vineyard that was not producing so the owner of the vineyard wanted to cut it down. When he told the keeper of the land to cut the tree down, his response was to give the tree another chance and give it some special care and attention.  The keeper was granted his request.  There is no outcome to this story, so I believe the significance is in the keeper’s response.

If I equate the fig tree in this passage to be person, it would seem that they were someone who was not bearing fruit in God’s kingdom.  That means that they were living life for their own purposes and gain rather than God’s.  I would even say that this person may not have been a child of God or have any consideration of a purpose beyond their own livelihood.  The owner of the vineyard of course represents God and the keeper is who God has entrusted the care of this unfruitful persons life to.  The keeper recognizes his influence in the unfruitful one’s destiny, so he tends to the needs and deficiencies of that individual.  In a spiritual comparison, the keeper would be the one praying for and encouraging that person in their walk with God the Father.  The keeper stays with the tree to make sure it is growing and then producing even after it is able to stand on its own.

This brings me to my next question.  Are there lives of people that have been assigned to me in this life and in the world?  Certainly, those closest to me and my children and grandchildren?  However, the focus of this passage is on having another chance to get it right and praying for and tending to the needs of those who have not gotten there yet. In my own experience, I didn’t know my life was assigned to another, but I do know that at minimum my parents and family were praying for me.  I know that they were the ones who would ask God for another chance for me.  I am so thankful!  Now the question is, who am I to be praying for and who has been assigned to me?

As in this parable, it was not too late for the fig tree, and it is not too late for you.  You can turn back to Him today and He will lead you in the path of your planned destination.  On that path will be the people and lives that He planned for you to impact and pray for to change their fruitfulness.

Today I want to encourage you to consider who you are in this parable.  Are you the unfruitful tree that needs to get back on track?  Or are you the keeper who is responsible for some that are unfruitful in this season?  Either way, there are some next steps for you to take:  First, turn your life over and surrender all to the will of your Father in heaven.  He has a good plan and you will be much better off the sooner you get there.  Next, find out those who have been assigned to you and begin praying for them.  Ask for wisdom and discernment on how to proceed effectively and begin to cultivate the ground around them with God’s love and kindness.  Jesus is interceding for us all at God’s right hand, but it is up to us to bring those to Him that need interceded for.

Today’s scripture reading: Luke 13:6-9

6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 

7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 

8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 

9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ”

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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