The parable of the non-producing fig tree is intended to enforce the warning – if your life does not come to a place of repentance and turning back to God, it will be cut down and you will be lost. God has already been patient, our hope is that He will be patient a little bit longer, but we know we cannot expect He will be patient forever.
Christ, as the gardener in the parable, is our Intercessor. As long as there is hope, He does not want to see the tree cut down.
Jesus sees that maybe there is another way to cultivate the tree rather than eliminate it. His hope is that time and attention will make a difference.
Why is Jesus so invested in the fig tree? Why is He so invested in us? This is an amazing parable of how much He loves us and wants us to come to Him for salvation.
Jesus invites us to repent and recognize that we are broken human beings – it’s the catalyst to our life and world looking differently. Our changed perspective will enable us to see life as a gift, that God is seeking us out, and there is a lot of good we can do with the time we are given. Life is short and we do not know how ours will come to an end, but we know it’s a gift and not to be squandered but rather spent in the pursuit of good things for God’s people. Jesus hopes that we will blossom and produce fruit that will last.
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’ ” – Luke 13:6-9