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The God of One More Chance
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. 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?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’” (Luke 13: 6-9)
Pay close attention to this parable. It contains a plea for a second chance. Whatever else this text teaches us, it teaches that God is a God of a second chance.
The owner of the vineyard had a right to expect the trees of his vineyard to produce fruit. They were his trees. They were his purchased possessions. The trees were planted for the purpose of bearing fruit. The owner of the vineyard had the right to expect fruit. The owner of the vineyard had the right to inspect for fruit. The owner of the vineyard had the right to demand the barren tree be taken down and out of the vineyard.
God has a right to expect you and me to produce fruit. We are His purchased possession. He saved us for a purpose. He has the right to expect us to bear fruit and He has the right to inspect our lives for fruit. He has the right to set us aside if we are not producing fruit. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground? These are sobering words. But thank God, He is a God of a second chance.
The keeper of the vineyard pleaded with his master for one more chance. God gives second chances and third chances. He is a patient and loving God.
Do you need one more chance? Ask Him. However, when it is granted get busy digging and fertilizing your life. Do what is necessary to become a fruit-bearing Christian. Dr. Roger D. Willmore is a favorite speaker at America’s Keswick and is a contributor to Real Victory for Real Life
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 10552-10573). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: “Humility is assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.” C. J. Mahaney
Verse to Memorize: But the path of the righteous is like the light of the dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like a deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble. Proverbs 4:18-19 ESV