How long will God waste His time on a Fruitless generation?
Only He can answer that question.
Does this sound familiar, "Its always the same ones who do everything." Or, "I know I can depend on them." "Where is everyone?" "They want the title but they don't want to do the work." "I'm too busy or tired?" Excuses, excuses and more excuses.
As a young Catholic I used to hear a story about a statue that had no arms. A sign was placed on it that read "I have no arms but yours." It was a directive to remind all of us of the work at hand. (The truth is we need God, God does not need us).
We're all so busy, too busy to even find out how we could benefit our parish by working for God's Kingdom. We're too lazy to pray, and even get out of bed to attend Liturgy. Saturday night's the night out which you deserve, no time for Vespers. Too tired to take in a class or two? And, most importantly, give 'til it hurts, I think not. Yet, there are some that have a few bucks lying around and it's easier to throw money at something than give a hand. There are those who can only give if recognized by a plaque with their name on it.
I was attending a bible study in the home of a priest, years ago. We read the passage about the withered Fig Tree. I was ignorant of the message, and saddened. Father explained it to me and now it has become one of my favorite scriptures.
(Matthew 21:18-19) "He was Hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." "Immediately the fig tree withered away."(Taken from the Orthodox Study Bible.)
Our faith should make us hungry. We're here to be productive for Him. The fig tree withers because of its fruitlessness. In this passage after three years of preaching, the Jews are destitute of "spiritual fruit". If we believe what we say we believe, having an undoubting faith, then we must Worship and Serve Him or become withered "immediately" as the fig tree. Dead as a door knob, permanently.
We have been given the power with our faith to move mountains, will the time run out on this fruitless generation, who has little or no time for Him. What about His expectations of us. We have work to do so, lets get with it. It's now or never
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