“And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.”
Mark 11:12-14 KJB
At camp this week, these verses where mentioned in passing, but they struck me in such a way that I will not be forgetting them anytime soon.
The story found in these verses is pretty simple. Jesus, being hungry, saw a fig tree in the distance. This fig tree had leaves and looked like it had fruit ready to eat…from a distance. As Jesus and his disciples got closer, they noticed the tree had no fruit, the tree had no figs on it. Jesus went on to curse the tree by saying that no man will ever eat from it again.
This fig tree represents we as Christians. From a distance, it may look like we got it all together, we look and act and talk like Christians. But if we were honest with ourselves, and if Jesus were to pass our way would we have fruit. Are we producing fruit in our lives like we should?
The Christian life is more than just looking the part, we need to produce fruit in our lives.
This fig tree here had no fruit when Christ passed by and He cursed it. When Christ passes by our life, will He find fruit or will He find someone who has the display of Christianity but nothing to show for it. Will you be ‘cursed’ by Christ and miss an opportunity to do something great for Him because you were fruitless at the time Christ passed by.
My challenge to you is to be fruitful every season. You never know when Christ will pass by, you never know when someone will need more than just your display of Christianity.
Be more than just a tree of leaves!