As I’ve been studying Jacob 5, a theme that keeps striking me is that of bearing good fruit.
First of all, I think that it is very obvious that we are to bear goodfruit. This concept seems to be simple to get. When we don’t bear good fruit, then we are hewn into the fire. (see Jacob 5:42; Matthew 3:10; 7:19-20.)
However, today, during my scripture study, I came across the following parable:
“A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
Then he said unto the dresser of the vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
And he answering said unto him, Lord let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
And if bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.” (Luke 13:6-9).
We must bear good fruit. It is not enough to not bear bad fruit. We must be fruitful and productive. I guess this is like the difference between sins of omission and commission. It is obvious that those who commit sins will be judged. But how about when we omitkeeping certain commandments? I find this concept interesting – especially as I battle being productive (and not spending so much time doing worthless things like sitting around on facebook).
This concept brings to mind: “Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; Fior the power is in them, wherein they are agents unto themselves. And inasmuch as men do good they shall in nowise lose their reward.” (D&C 58:27-28). I’ve heard this scripture so many times, and I think that I’ve always thought, If I’m engaged in a good cause, then I will not choose the wrong – I’ll be too busy doing something good ~~a la ~~ idle hands are the devil’s workshop. And while that’s true, there is so much more. I suppose it is possible for us to do nothing – as in we don’t have to be doing something good – or wicked. We could just be lazy. But when we do nothing, then we are not fruitful. We do not fulfill the measure of our creation, and the Lord looks at us, and wonders, “why am I cumbering the ground with this?”
I’m now resolving to do more – to serve, love, work, pray, study, and be the kind of woman who bears good fruit.