"And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, 'Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.' And His disciples heard it." (Mark 11: 13,14)
Jesus spied the fig tree from afar , saw leaves on it and drew closer to see if perhaps there was fruit on it as well. I have often wondered why he would do this, since the scripture clearly tells us that it was NOT the season for figs. Jesus knew it wasn't the season, yet he expected to find fruit and upon seeing there wasn't any, he cursed the fig tree from every bearing fruit.
Most likely, this was taking place sometime around March and the leaves were just appearing on the fig tree. Even though it would be about 6 weeks before the actual figs appeared, there is something called 'taqsh' that appears at the time the leaves appear. 'Taqsh' is a precursor to the fruit, or figs, that will come. They are little almond-sized knobs that are green and they are edible. This is what Jesus expected to see. Since the leaves were already on the tree, there should have been some of this fruit as well.
Instead, there was nothing. Only leaves and no evidence of the forerunner to the real fruit that was to come. Since there wasn't any taqsh, Jesus knew that there would be no fruit. The tree was hopeless and fruitless. Therefore, He cursed it.
As Christians, we are called to produce fruit. We were created for this very reason. We need to produce good fruit. Fruit that in turn produces more fruit. When Jesus spies us from afar, He should be able to expect fruit from us. If there isn't any, then we aren't living our lives the way that God intends us to. We aren't living up to the expectation that He has for us. Our lives can be just like that fig tree. Barren, hopeless, fruitless and dying.
There are several things that cause us to be fruitless. Our focus is one of them. We have too many distractions. Too many different things vying for our time and attention. Sometimes we get too busy and so overwhelmed by it all that we tend to focus on the things that are easy. The things that take the least effort. But unfortunately, these things are usually NOT the things of God.
We can get so busy with our day-to-day activities, that we put God on the back burner and leave Him there, unattended.
We absolutely must keep Christ first and foremost in our lives. He has to be THE priority if we are to lead productive, fruit-bearing lives. We must learn to develop tunnel-vision for God. He has to be our focus. He is the one who deserves our undivided attention and we must look to Him for direction in our lives.
When we seek after God, and we seek His presence, we are on the way to living victorious lives and we are on our way to bearing the fruit that will glorify our Lord.
Our lack of faith can also prevent us from being fruitful. We have to learn to trust God in all things in spite of the circumstances. In spite of the things that are stacked against us. We have to ground ourselves in a trust relationship with Him. Trust is the essence of faith. Trust breeds a powerful faith. Trust will enable us to bear the fruit that He requires.
If we keep our focus on Him and we build our trust and faith IN Him, we will be fruitful for the kingdom of God.
We will desire the things that glorify Him. We will desire the things that edify Him. We will bear fruit.
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