Verse 6 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.
Yesterday we talked about the kind of soil needed for fig trees and our lives. Today we will discuss the importance and need of sunlight and what Son-light means for our growth. Remember yesterday we talked about how this fig tree was in a vineyard? Today we see the effects that could have caused the owners concerns.
Figs don’t need much sunlight compared to other trees. Fig trees only require 4-6 hours of full sun and rather like filtered sun. They can grow to 15-20 feet tall. That could give a good amount of shade. Grapes on the other hand prefer full sun for 7-8 hours a day. If the vines don’t get the amount of sun that they need it will lower production and bring fruit of poor quality. It will also cause a powdery mildew. That gives us a different view of this owner, doesn’t it? Maybe he wasn’t as heartless as we originally thought. Maybe his whole purpose of getting rid of the fig tree was that since it wasn’t producing anything why let it hinder the main crop of the vineyard?
Remember that the main point that Jesus had been talking about was repent or perish. But what does that have to do with the fig tree and vineyard? Let’s step back and view this vineyard. What would seem out of place? The fig tree, right? Yet it will be allowed to stay because it is being fruitful, even though some of the vineyard will not produce as well. More on that in coming days.
The amount of sun given to the plant determines the nutrients that are received for proper growth. The same can be said for our spiritual lives. So what acts like the sun in our lives? What brings nutrients into our lives spiritually? What about time with the Son?
What can we do to be in the Son and soak up the nutrients that He has to give? Of course there are the obvious options of reading our Bible and praying (let’s be honest, how much are they really a constant part of our lives) but what about other things that put us in a position to gain more of His wisdom and guidance for our growth? Other things may include a friendship that is deep enough for honest correction. Another may include a radio sermon or podcast that has solid biblical teaching/preaching. Tomorrow we will talk more about things that help us grow in our relationship with our Savior.
Making It Personal
Do you have habits in life that have you basking in the light of God? What areas could you improve in to make sure you are in the Son-light? Would God say you need to start new habits to increase your growth?
Making It Personal Kids
What is something that the sun helps to grow? Is the sun important to plants? How important is Jesus, God’s Son, in our lives?
Father, thank You for planting us where we are. Give us the Son-light we need to grow more like Your Son. Teach us what we need to know and help us want to know You more. In Jesus’ name, amen.