DAY TWO—LUKE 13:6–9

6Then 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. 7So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now Iʼve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and havenʼt found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
8 “ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and Iʼll dig around it and fertilize it. 9If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’ ”

“There are many who testify to a ‘before and after’ in their lives. God’s grace chased them until their lives blossomed with peace, justice, hope, caring, and humility. In Jesus’ story of the fig tree, the gardener offers to put fertilizer (natural fertilizer) around the barren tree (13:8). Growth comes because the gardener works at it. Wesley believed that God finds ways to nurture and mature us into the fullness of love. These means of grace (Scripture, prayer, worship, fasting, Lord’s Supper, holy conferencing, acts of mercy) become ways by which God nourishes us toward fruitful living: full love of God and full love of neighbor.”
—Excerpt from the Wesley Study Bible

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