INTRO: God's way of measuring is far different from ours. Just suppose Jesus were here.. news of calamity, judgment on sin. "Except you repent, you will all likewise perish." Disaster is falsely viewed as God's judgment on sin.
REPENT OF WHAT? Fruitlessness, barrenness.
Leaves are no substitute for fruit, The one thing God wants from us, the one thing that GLORIFIES God is our fruitfulness.
John 15:8 It is fruitfulness that GLORIFIES GOD and marks us as DISCIPLES.
I. GOD HAS A RIGHT TO EXPECT FRUIT FROM US.
1. Because we are His PERSONAL PROPERTY. The fig tree owed its life to the owner. It is the owner's right.
God has a right to expect a return on His investment -"we are bought with a price."
2. Because of our PRIVILEGED POSITION. "Planted in a vineyard..."
There were many fig trees growing wild. But this one was planted in a vineyard to receive special care and nourishment. IT HAD A BETTER THAN AVERAGE CHANCE.. had every opportunity.
..."scattered abroad.." Greek word for sowing seed. When Christian are scattered to different places, it is simply GOD SOWING SEED WHERE HE DESIRES A HARVEST.
WHERE HAS GOD PLANTED YOU? IS THERE ANY FRUIT?
3. Because of our PRIMAR Y PURPOSE.
What's a fruit tree for? To bear fruit. that is not an unreasonable request.
Gen. 1:11, 12. God made fruit, etc. to have a ...
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