Luke 13.6-7 warns, what’s going on here? For three years now I’ve come to this tree expecting apples and not one apple have I found. Chop it down! Why waste good ground with it any longer?
God expects His people to bear fruit. It is to His glory He said, that we bear much fruit. Since the beginning of our inception, when He spoke into existence the first man and the first woman, God has commanded that we be fruitful and multiply.
It is amazing to consider that the development of God’s people, of all those God has always wanted to live with Him forever, is the responsibility and the result of fruitfulness in the context of marriage. God did not personally make all the people of the earth who will spend eternity with Him. Rather He commanded men to marry woman and through their relationship populate the world.
We are to procreate in the context of marriage so that God’s kingdom can be built. We are to disciple our children spiritually so that those born on earth can live forever in heaven. Procreation is not our only means for bearing spiritual fruit.
Now the Church has the additional task of winning back to God all the children of the world raised in ignorance of the One True God. The Church is to go and make disciples teaching everyone everything Jesus has commanded us. Simple but not easy.
God looks to us to obey His commission of us as disciples; we are being drawn to Jesus in order to be made into fishers of men so that we may draw men to Jesus. Those who bear no fruit in this work risk being cut down and thrown away.
God too is in business, He is into Kingdom expansion. God wills for His kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Executing God’s will on earth is the work of the Church.
Those who do no work, who bear no fruit, risk hearing the Father say on Judgement Day, depart from Me for I never knew you. The Father has always been at work and so too the Son and those who know Him, follow Him, will also have their hands fixed to the plow seeking eternal fruit for God’s eternal glory.