What changes would you make in your life?
Monday Morning Meditation
With Rev. Dr. J. Emmette Weir
Our Meditation comes from "Christ in Our Home" a spiritual resource supplied by the Evangeleical Lutheran Church in America and distributed by Our Savior Lutheran Church.
If, like the fig tree in Jesus' parable, you had one year to start bearing fruit, what changes would you make in your life?
So why aren't you making those changes now?
A deadline can bring a sense of urgency. For those who are in Christ, the urgency is not the threat of looming disaster; rather, the urgency is in the yearning to grow more fully into the abundant life we are offered.
I want to be more Christ-like in my words, deeds and attitudes; I want to bear fruit for the sake of the One who was cut down for our sins.
So I will "dig round" (v. 8) in my spiritual life and work to uproot the weedy distractions. I will "put manure on it" (v8) in the form of prayer, worship and scripture; of course these things are not literally manure, but they give us the nutrients we need to grow in our disciplineship.
We do not know how much time God has given us to enjoy this earthly life; as we are reminded in this passage, tragic death befalls the innocent and guilty alike. What we do know is that God has given us at least this day to commit ourselves again to bearing fruit.
We give you thanks, our patient God, for this day in which to bear fruit to your glory, through Christ. Amen.
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