Tim’s Daily Bread Devotional 1.19.22

By January 19, 2022Daily Bread

Good morning!

I hope this day finds you and your family well. I invite you to take a few moments with me to read and reflect upon today’s scripture selection — and to carry these thoughts with you into your day.

Today’s Scripture: Luke 13: 6-9 

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today

Today’s reading is a parable about grace.

Fruit is an image Jesus often used: Jesus said that we will know people “by their fruits.” “Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?”  “In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.”

In the fifth chapter of Galatians, the apostle Paul describes “the fruitful life” of those who belong to Christ, who are open to God, the Holy Spirit, working within them. He writes, “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

He doesn’t stop at describing that life, but he also calls the Galatians —  and I believe calls us — to LIVE it.

He writes in Galatians 5:25, “If we live by the Spirit, let’s follow the Spirit.”

I invite you now to think about Fruitfulness, to look at your own life, and to consider how you are living that out.  The important question we ought to ask regularly is this:  Am I living a fruitful life?

Suppose you ask that question, and your honest answer is that you aren’t living out your faith at all. Maybe you realize that your life is bearing no fruit.

What then?

Jesus’ parable in our reading for today speaks to grace, to second chances, to new beginnings.

It isn’t too late.

Hymn Suggestion

“Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling”

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
calling for you and for me;
see, on the portals he’s waiting and watching,
watching for you and for me.

Refrain:
Come home, come home;
you who are weary come home;
earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
calling, O sinner, come home!

Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not his mercies,
mercies for you and for me?

Refrain

Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
passing from you and from me;
shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
coming for you and for me.

Refrain

O for the wonderful love he has promised,
promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon,
pardon for you and for me.

Refrain

Thank you for sharing this moment of your day with me, with God, and with these reflections on a portion of scripture.  I hope you will carry these with you throughout your day and night.

Grace and Peace,


Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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