The Parables of Jesus Series | Parable of the Unproductive Fig Tree

The next parable in our series is The Parable of the Unproductive Fig Tree. This parable is found in Luke 13:6-9. It reads;

Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’

“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’”


A fruitful tree is often used in the bible as a symbol of godly living. Jesus used the above parable to point out what will happen to those who are unfruitful. God expects us to be fruitful and productive. The fig tree represent unproductive believers. Enjoying special treatment without giving anything in return is dangerous.

The fruits that God expects us to bear are the fruit of the spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23 and they are; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

What are we to the kingdom of God?

So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 7:19

Are we just taking valuable time and space without producing any fruit? If so, let’s respond to the Gardener’s patient care and begin to bear the fruit that God has created us to produce. The kind that lasts.

Recommended read: Where are your fruits?

If you would like to read previous parables, please click here.

6 thoughts on “The Parables of Jesus Series | Parable of the Unproductive Fig Tree

  1. Particularly interested in today’s parable since my grandson just wrote a paper for his humanities class on the fruit of the Spirit and sent it to me to proofread for him. It’s amazing what I learned from his expository paper! And then you repeat almost the same theme. God is good and speaks clearly when we are willing to listen.

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