(1-3) Hardship in this life may in some way be correlated with sin, however, don’t be too quick to make claims of causality. God alone knows every contributing factor.
(4-5) Don’t get caught up in false self-assurance: life is fragile. True repentance should imbue some urgency toward pursuing a transformed life.
(6-7) Do not coast through life presuming God’s blessings. Regularly revisit this question: how can I be fruitful with my opportunities?
(8-9) God is so gracious that he will even enrich the surroundings of the unfruitful. However, that blessed grace still holds a reasonable expectation for fruitfulness.
1 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 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?’
8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”