The Barren Fig Tree
The church a garden is
In which believers stand,
Like ornamental trees
Planted by God's own hand:
His Spirit waters all their roots,
And every branch abounds with fruits.
But other trees there are,
In this enclosure grow;
Which, though they promise fair,
Have only leaves to show:
No fruits of grace are on them found,
They stand but cumb'rers of the ground.
The under gard'ner grieves,
In vain his strength he spends,
For heaps of useless leaves,
Afford him small amends:
He hears the Lord his will make known,
To cut the barren fig-trees down.
How difficult his post,
What pangs his bowels move,
To find his wishes crossed,
His labors useless prove!
His last relief is earnest prayer,
Lord, spare them yet another year.
Spare them, and let me try
What farther means may do;
I'll fresh manure apply,
My digging I'll renew
Who knows but yet they fruit may yield!
If not--'tis just, they must be felled.
If under means of grace,
No gracious fruits appear;
It is a dreadful case,
Though God may long forbear:
At length He'll strike the threatened blow,
And lay the barren fig-tree low.
~Poem By John Newton~
A Little Note From Cobblestone Road:
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every
branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more
fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto
you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of
itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in
me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in
him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do
nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is
withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire,
and they are burned.
The Lord Jesus assures us in His Word that if we are abiding
in Him, we will bear much fruit but there is a warning to those
who profess Christ as their Savior and yet no fruit is shown.
There are many within churches today who profess to abide
in Christ but the fruit is simply not there. They may be in the choir
or serve in the soup kitchen but fruit is also an inward change.
Judas appeared to the outside world to be a true believer. The
disciples didn't even think he could be the traitor because he
appeared pious and appeared to care for the poor but his heart
was far from God.
Professing Christ is not Christianity...
Receiving Christ is Christianity for it is Jesus who transforms
our lives and the Holy Spirit produces His fruit within us. We
cannot produce any fruit apart from Christ. The closer our
relationship is with Jesus, the more fruit will be produced.
The Lord Jesus said, "for without me ye can do nothing."
Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?
Jesus is not a religion-- Jesus is God and He wants a relationship
with you. Click here to read about God's free gift of salvation.
The Lord Jesus Christ died for your sins and He rose again from
the grave...you can be forgiven today!
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