PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 13:1-9
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:5)
Jesus is warning his religious audience not to focus on the sins of others.
The fig tree was well known to Jews as a prophetic symbol of Israel.
The prophets used it to challenge God’s people for not bearing good fruit.
Jesus is saying, ‘stop focusing on other’s sins, I’m talking to YOU!’
To ‘repent’ literally means to rethink, to change the way you think and live.
‘Consider your own faith life, what kind of fruit are you producing?’
This is what Jesus the gardener is working for in his followers: fruitful lives.
As Jesus followers, we ought to be the most humble of all.
We ought to know how deep and wide our sin is, and his grace for us us!
Jesus died to cover our sin and guilt; he rose to help us grow in goodness.
With the fertilizing helping of Jesus, we can grow and change over time.
Too often this verse has been used to condemn others, but this misses the point.
Jesus is redirecting judgmental critics who suppose other’s sins are worse than theirs.
This is his gentle warning to me: ‘work on yourself, and let me work on others!’
Lord, your greatest frustration is with your own followers. Help us to stop judging others and to allow you to prune and strengthen our own lives.