He answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.'
In the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree, the vineyard owner orders it removed- because the tree's been fruitless for three years. But the vineyard's keeper asks him to wait.
He wants to dig around it and tend it. He wants to get to the affliction's root.
Do you have any deep-rooted problems? Is your life less fruitful than it should be?
Within the entertainment industry, are you following your calling from God? Multiplying the talents God gave you and glorifying the Father of Lights? Or have you been held back by naysayers, insecurities or circumstances?
If you're taking your gifts into the world, you've made the choice to uncover yourself- in the most courageous way possible. You've opened your own sensitive soul (soil). In this, you've invited God to bless you.
Voluntary vulnerability is the rugged ground all heroes must till. The result is fantastic fruitfulness.
When our problems are exposed to Jesus, we become productive in all good works. The Master Gardener works great wonders... as we become rooted in joy, not pain. The evidence? Out spiritual fruit.*
## Exposing The Root
* 'The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law' (Galatians 5:22-23).
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Exposing The Root series.