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Luke 13:1-9, Parable of Fig Tree

Key Verse

He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’
— Luke 13:8-9

RCL Daily Devotion for Sunday, March 24, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by Dr. Kimberly Leetch from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

Main Idea: Jesus’ mission is urgent, even today.

Jesus challenged the widely-held notion that people who had bad things happen to them were being punished by God for their sins. Jesus knew that the connection between sin and punishment was not that cut and dried. He warned them against thinking they were better simply because bad things like these hadn’t happened to them – yet. Jesus’ challenge was to stop dwelling on the sin and punishment of others and turn their attentions toward their own sin and repentance. Jesus’ parable is a transition, encouraging repentance, and also indicating that the window for repentance (at least while Jesus walked the earth) was soon closing. Jesus would soon be in Jerusalem, where his earthly journey would end. His words held urgency.

Do we move through this world with the same urgency to complete God’s work as Jesus indicated? It seems our urgency is for our own work, to complete our tasks, to make our money, to build our homes. Where is the urgency to build homes for the homeless, to make money in order to share it with others, to complete the tasks we may not want to complete, but that need to be done for the betterment of the world? Perhaps our priorities are not as aligned with Jesus’ as we would like to believe.

 

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