by John Greene
My grandfather was a tomato lover extraordinaire! He was also convinced that he could grow his own instead of depending on the grocery store. He carefully planted and staked his tomato plants that season. He grew beautiful plants, but hardly any fruit whatever. He was convinced that his soil would bear beautiful fruit. That season he fertilized the mounds and the following spring he lavished his tomatoes with time, water and the best fertilizer he could find. Even though he could have bought tomatoes at the grocery at a far lower cost, he was convinced that he could grow the finest beefsteak in the county. That season, quantities of large red tomatoes were in great abundance. Family and neighbors all around enjoyed his harvest. His hard work resulted in a season of victory for his tomato harvest.
YHWH feels much the same way about His harvest of faith.
“He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.”” – Luke 13:6-9, NKJV
YHWH wants His people to bear fine fruit and He hasn’t been quick to give up. Here we are in the last days, a time of fertilizing for YHWH’s people. Our Heavenly Father wants us to bear fine fruit. Whether that fruit is a tomato or a fig, the hard-working, loving farmer insists on and expects a harvest. While a tomato plant lasts a season, a fig tree is a much longer sacrifice, taking many years to grow before it matures enough to bear fruit. Your Heavenly Father has been patient. He looks for the same kind of maturity from His people. He wants them to grow and bear fruit. Each disciple is on a time line, because the days are short.
“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” – Matthew 24:21-22, NKJV