“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. – Luke 13:8
All of us tend to classify people into categories. Good or bad. Saved or lost. Successful or lazy.
Jesus was talking to a group of people that had assumed they were better, or more righteous, because something bad had not happened to them.
In reply, Jesus confronted this belief by asking if the people who had died suddenly were more guilty or bigger sinners than others living in the same place.
Then Jesus went on with a parable about a tree that was not producing any fruit. When the man who owned the vineyard asked that the tree be cut down, the caretaker made the reply that is quoted above. “I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.”
Notice what the first impulse was – to address the root of the tree.
In response to the lack of fruit, the caretaker did not look to the branches and leaves. The same principle can be repeated for unhealthy fruit.
A problem with the fruit is the result of a problem with the root.
Repentance requires that we address our root. Becoming more aware that we realize the depth to which we look to the world for significance.
Authentic fruit is the result of being rooted in Christ. Having an identity that is defined by God’s love for you is an intentional process of knowing your lies and when you are prone to shame and applying truth.
What areas are you tempted to root your identity apart from God?
In what situations or circumstances to you feel anxiety, insecurity, shame, or anger?
How do you nurture the true root of your identity in Christ?
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