Taking up Space

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ – Luke 13:6-7

Jesus is again teaching those who would listen. He asks a question: What about all the people who died when the Tower in Siloam fell? Were they guilty? Innocent? In typical fashion, Jesus teaches by using a story. Seems like the question is not concerning their guilt or innocence, but what they did with their life. What did their life produce?

What is my life producing? Are good things coming from my life or am I just using up the soil? Am I just talking up space?

I will probably never forget the words of Wayne Cordeiro. I dropped in the back of a college class he was teaching several years ago. His one line nailed me. “What will you do to steward the gifts God gave you?”

I want to die knowing that I leveraged everything I could, that I ran well with everything entrusted to me. I want to be able to look at my life and see the results of pure intention and right actions. I don’t want to take up space on this planet. I don’t want to live never having really lived. I want to wear myself out. I want to love recklessly and risk accordingly. My you be pleased with the things my life produces. I don’t want to waste the space I occupy.

[tags]Wayne Cordeiro, New Hope, Luke, Luke 13, devotions, life journal[/tags]

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