The Appearance of Fruitfulness

 

 

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Let’s look at a Scripture in Mark 11:12-14. It says, On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening. Verse 20..As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up.

Why did Jesus respond to the fig tree in the manner in which He did?  In cursing the fig tree, Jesus provides a visual parable of the necessity of bearing fruit for all who claim to follow Him. He then provides us both positive and negative lessons concerning how to bear fruit, lessons we must take to heart if we are going to glorify God, if we are going to show the world what God is like.

Jesus is hungry; he sees in the distance a tree full of leaves. Many trees produce leaves and flowers simultaneously, but the fruit always follows the leaves Right? The tree that Jesus saw was unusual in two ways.

 First, it leafed out early. (it started out strong). It looked to be especially well-watered by an underground spring or stream, and thus likely to produce abundant fruit. But when Jesus approached the tree, he found that it had neither ripe figs nor any fig-shaped flower modules. The tree appeared to be flourishing, but in reality it was producing nothing of value -- and probably never would.

So Jesus curses the tree. He curses the appearance of being unfruitful.

This parable is critical to our spiritual growth. Are we like the fig tree at times in our own spiritual walk? Do we grow to a point, sprouting new leaves from time to time, giving the appearance of producing fruit but not quite getting there.

God wants us to grow past the green leaves and bear good fruit, not just give the appearance of fruitfulness: He wants us to become like Christ; for that’s what it means to be fruitful. To display the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, -- to be like Him as we depend upon him.

Don't give up--keep looking up and following Jesus and you will bear much fruit.

Blessings Dee