Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, February 18th, 2011
The Root Of The Problem
But 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.'
Luke 13:8-9 (NKJV)
In the Parable of the Fig Tree, the Lord of the Harvest is ready to cut down a fruit tree that has been barren for three years. His Keeper of the vineyard (Jesus) asks Him to wait one more year. He is going to expose the tree roots and fertilize them. He going after the root of the problem.

What are your problems? Are you unfruitful or half-hearted? Doing the wrong thing with the wrong people? Maybe you are praying for a loved one who is unfulfilled?

In terms of the Talent Industry, in terms of following your calling, shining your light, multiplying your gifts, and magnifying the Lord, have you been held back by doubt, insecurity, naysayers, dream-stealers, or worldly circumstances?

If you are taking your talent into the world, you have voluntarily exposed yourself--in the best possible way. You have opened your own ground and allowed the Lord to bless you.

For unproductive loved ones, no medicine, family, or well-meaning friend can cure them. Only Jesus. But, they must ask Him, and they must be willing to let their problems be uncovered, brought to light, and treated. The process is uncomfortable, but the result is recovery, growth, and life!

Once the root of our problems is exposed to Jesus, we become productive in every good work, as will all who open their lives to the Master Gardener! We become rooted in joy, not pain, and Godly accomplishments will be our life's fruit.


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