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08/21/11 There is an Expiration Date!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Under: Sermon

Text: Luke 13:6-9 (HCSB)

6 And He told this parable: “A man had a fig tree that was planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7 He told the vineyard worker, ‘Listen, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it even waste the soil?’ 8 “But he replied to him, ‘Sir, leave it this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 Perhaps it will bear fruit next year, but if not, you can cut it down.”

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23 KJV

Intro: The fig tree was an important fruit and tree of the Holy Land
. It was a sign of peace and prosperity. The fig tree was greatly privileged. It was in the vineyard, It was planted (born) by the vineyard keeper (God or Christ) himself. God causes every man to be born into the world. He stands behind every person as that person's Creator and Lord. So as this fig tree had a purpose God has a purpose for mankind. With all the grace and love that God wants to give to us, sooner or later there are those who will be cut down because the desire to ever produce fruit didn’t happen. We must understand there is an expiration date!

Application: We were created for a purpose.

1. Planted to Produce!

The fig tree's purpose was to bear fruit. It had been planted to bear fruit and it existed to bear fruit. It was by nature a fruit tree; and it was suppose to produce fruit! It had no other purpose for existing. So it is with man.

“Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100:3 (NLT)

He made us for a purpose. We are to produce: We are to tell others of the relationship that God designed before the foundation of the world. God love the world in this way – that anyone who would understand and believe in His son Jesus Christ could have eternal life. Jesus is our Sheppard and we are His sheep and we must produce fruit! We are all given the same opportunity to produce it inevitably becomes our decision to be fruit bearers or not!

“Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.” Matthew 3:8 (HCSB)

2. Planted for a Purpose!

The day for reaping came. The vineyard owner, God Himself, was the One who came looking for fruit. The reaper was not someone else; it was God Himself. He planted the tree to get fruit, God put man on earth to bear fruit. He expected fruit, for He was the One who had planted the tree.

“A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.” Matthew 7:17 (NLT)

It is the old story of Good verse Bad!

"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" John 15:5 (KJV)

We are planted for a purpose, the Bible reminds us as disciples we are to bear fruit: “My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.” John 15:8 (HCSB)

Are text today showed that this fig tree did not produce, it was bare, it failed in its purpose. So many have all the privileges, yet so few ever honor God or bear fruit as they should. The investment in the life of the tree was wasted. The vineyard owner had waited a long time. He had come time after time looking for fruit. The tree had plenty of time to bear fruit, if it was going to ever bear fruit. The Owner's patience was extremely long-suffering.

“The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (HCSB)

We cannot afford to forget that God reminds us that His judgment is without mercy: The tree was to be cut down. The Owner pronounced judgment.

“Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, 8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.” Galatians 6:7-8 (HCSB)

The wages of sin is death!

Luke 13:6-9 (NLT) 6 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. 7 Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’ 8 “The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. 9 If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’ ”

Is it last chance for you? The mercy of God. The vineyard dresser interceded for the unfruitful tree. He asked for another year, one last chance for the tree. God granted one last chance, one last opportunity. Next year, however, was to be the last chance, the last opportunity for the tree.

The judgment was based upon fruit! The parable might be an awakening for some of you, or should be. Just remember there is an expiration date!

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