Monday, 16 March 2020
Luke 13:8-9 And the steward/vinedresser 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.'"
Now we come to the crunch of the parable. The steward pleads for one more year during which he will give the tree special treatment to try and generate fruit. If the tree remains barren, refuses to yield, then it should go, but - the orchardman asks - we need to make sure that it has every opportunity to produce fruit.
Jesus is the husbandman, asking Father God to allow Him one more opportunity to coax the tree into bearing fruit. Perhaps it is in poor soil; perhaps it has been treated badly by the weather or pests. Perhaps it simply hasn't had the attention it needs to grow and produce.
Are you that tree? Do you need a good manuring - does your life feel as if you are being manured? Then rejoice, because that is the master's hand giving you another last opportunity to yield fruit for the kingdom of God.