Luke 13: 1-9
Eph 4: 7-16 / Psa 122
For three years now I have been looking for figs on this tree and I have found none. Cut it down, why should it use up the ground?
May the Lord show us how to serve
With compassion and true leadership;
With His Spirit help us to deserve
The Commission of His Stewardship.
Some people came and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this He said to them, ‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? By no means; but I tell you, unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them — Do you suppose they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? By no means, but I tell you, unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’ He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree, but have found none. Cut it down. Why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.” (Luke 13:1-9)
For three years, during our stint as Mission Head couple of our Brotherhood, my wife and I gave much of our time and energies in going to our BCBP outreach in Gen. Santos city to attend the twice monthly breakfast fellowships there as well as the weekly afternoon seminars called Christian Life Programs that were held for building up the membership of the community. The CLPs ran for nine weeks, and normally the mission team would be heading back home on the two-hour trip when it was already dark. During those three years, we were able to hold five Christian Life Programs which ‘harvested’ a total of 100 new graduates for the outreach, half of whom are now active members of the community.
All of us who are called to go on mission for the Lord experience a vigorous spiritual purpose in our lives. There is a strong feeling that we are at the cutting edge of what Christian renewal is all about.
Many in the community think that attending seminars, group meetings and worship assemblies are enough to be considered active members. But these are just part of the growth and maturity of our commitment. What is the sense in raising a healthy tree if it does not bear fruits? It is better to cut it down than have it using up the fertility of the earth. If we have received a commission from the Lord, and our formation is complete, then it is time to step out and share our new life with others who are still searching for some meaning in their lives. And one does not have to go to far-flung outreaches to serve God and His community. He or she can invite at least one first-timer to the brotherhood’s weekly breakfasts. Or he/she can give witness to God’s goodness in his/her life by sharing their life testimonial in a BCBP breakfast fellowship. These too are mission works.
May we always cling to You, Lord Jesus, our True Vine, for You nourish us with Your Word and make us produce fruit that is pleasing to the Father. Amen.