We've been paying attention to Jesus's story about the fig tree that did not produce fruit in Luke 13. The owner is going to have it cut down for fruitlessness! The gardener says,
"Leave it for one year, I'll dig around it and fertilize it! if it doesn't produce fruit after one year cut it down".
Three things the gardener says it will require to produce fruit!
1. Extensive Time
We are definitely more instant and God is definitely more process! When we can't control the time, it pushes us to trust him! If everybody could make a change in an instant, everybody would make a change! Changing your finance, working for healing your family, pressing for strengthening your marriage, will require time!
2. Sweat and pruning
The gardener had committed himself to digging around the tree, in doing so he was pruning the roots! God wants to work in the hidden areas of our life, underground so to speak! Everything about God and his work pertains to our hearts. That is underground work! We like to play in the shallows of change, but God works in the deep part of us!
The King James version uses the word "dung"! Fertilizer is nutrients, it's a feeding! The word dung is used in Philippians 2:8 by Paul to describe his process of becoming fruitful!
"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have accepted the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ!"
The best fertilizer you can give your life is to remove all competitors to Christ! Money, power, position, fame, the list could be endless! Many of these things could be considered good. In fact, sometimes those are the best competitors to Christ! Paul's list precedes the scripture above, take a read. He considered them dung, fertilizer for the expansion of the life of Christ in him! Those things surrendered will release greater life in you. Trust Him, he will only work for your good!
Time, sweat and pruning, fertilize!