Topic: In the year 2021 God Is Looking For Fruit And Growth In Our Lives.
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.
Luke 13:6 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
NLT- Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed.
NIV- Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.
MSG- Then he told them a story: “A man had an apple tree planted in his front yard. He came to it expecting to find apples, but there weren’t any.
Thoughts of Devotion:
This morning it is important to understand that God expects that we give much fruit in the year 2021. This expectation of being fruitful and growing is for all of us who are true believers and who are connected to the vine that is Christ. In John 15:16 he tells us, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” This is the reason for our existence, to bear fruit for God, a vine that does not bear fruit, what is it good for?
We observe in this parable the great privilege that the vine had to have been planted by the winegrower and to have him personally care for it. The advantages that this fig tree enjoyed were many. We see that the owner had planted it in a very special place in his vineyard. This space he was occupying was on the best possible land, very fertile and productive! It was there that it received more care than other planted fig trees that simply grew alongside the road. It was with this in mind that year after year the winegrower hoped to reap fruit, but sadly he found nothing! This vine enjoyed the special treatment of the great winegrower without giving anything in return … it really wasn’t fair, nor right!
Today we have the privilege of having the best wine grower and as a result we are expected to be fruitful and productive. He wants to see expansion in our lives. May all the potential we have be fully developed in 2021. What God is looking for is fruit and more fruit, not just foliage and branches! In Philippians 4:17 he tells us, “Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.” If God expects fruit, it is because it is possible to bear much fruit! God never asks us for something that we cannot give. He believes that you can be fruitful for God, it is possible that your life can grow and develop in the year 2021. Amen!
Jeremiah 2:21 (NKJV) – 21 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me Into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?
Isaiah 5: 4 (NKJV) – 4 What more could have been done to My vineyard That I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild grapes?
Philippians 4:17 (NKJV) – 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
John 15:16 (NKJV) – 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
Galatians 5: 22–23 (NKJV) – 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
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