And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.
The prophet Isaiah says that God has prepared us and expects us to bear fruit. But if we don’t, He says that the hedge will come down. Jesus showed up hundreds of years later on earth and said, “Let me intervene because I am the true Vine and my Father is the Husbandman. And if you bear fruit, it is because you abide in Me.” By that time, the vinedresser says, “Leave it alone for just one more year.” This is the grace of time.