Fruit Or Just Leaves?

  Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me today"Dee's Thoughts". I love hearing from you thank you for the comments. Today we are discussing "Fruit or just leaves". The Christian life is about the life of Christ and the making of disciples,those who have surrendered their life to Him and desire to be molded and transformed into His likeness. Romans 8:29.This growing process can be challenging as it is a lifetime journey, but it is the most rewarding and the most wonderful journey you will ever take. Our topic today is about that process. So let's get started:

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.

Where there are leaves we can assume and anticipate that there will also be fruit following right?. But this was not the case with this particular tree as it was not the season or time for figs. The fig tree grew by the wayside and was probably standing alone, therefore, it belonged to nobody, and there was no right of property affected by its loss.

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 with 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 wants us to not just start out strong (with green leaves), but to go the distance and bear fruit.

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

 First, it leafed out early. (it started out strong) just like us sometimes right? 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. Second, 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. We to can be like the fig tree in our own spiritual walk. We grow to a point, sprouting new leaves from time to time, giving the appearance of producing fruit but not quite getting there. Revelation 3:15 shows us this. it says, I know your deeds, that you are neither  cold or hot. I wish youwere either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 

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.

Jesus is our underground stream providing for us all we need in order to produce fruit not just leaves. We are that fig tree planted by our God and equipped to bear good fruit. We have all we need to produce ripe fruit in its season so don't give up--keep looking up and following Jesus and you will bear much fruit.

Be Blessed, Dee

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