The story of Jesus and the fig tree has always been one that has eluded me. Sure it’s a simple story, one where Jesus condemns a tree for no fruit, but how does that apply to me?
We are all called to bear the fruit of our faith, and yet if we do not we are to be condemned for all eternity…. Much like the fig tree… Below is the passage from the bible, Mathew 21: 13-21, Read and reflect for a few…
13 Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf, he went
over to see if he could find anything on it. When he reached it
he found nothing but leaves; it was not the time for figs.
14 And he said to it in reply, “May no one ever eat of
your fruit again!” And his disciples heard it.
15 * They came to Jerusalem, and on entering the temple
area he began to drive out those selling and buying there. He
overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of
those who were selling doves.
16 He did not permit anyone to carry anything through the
17 Then he taught them saying, “Is it not written:
‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples’?
But you have made it a den of thieves.”
18 The chief priests and the scribes came to hear of it
and were seeking a way to put him to death, yet they feared him
because the whole crowd was astonished at his teaching.
19 When evening came, they went out of the city.
20 Early in the morning, as they were walking along, they
saw the fig tree withered to its roots.
21 Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The
fig tree that you cursed has withered.”
Ok, so now the question is are you that fig tree? Do you just have leafs but no fruit, are you all show and no value? Will you be condemned to wither up for all eternity or will you be bearing fruit for all eternity?
We have choices in our lives; we can choose to bear fruit or just sit back and look like we bear fruit.
Jesus we to eat of the fig tree, only to see that the fig tree had deceived him, it was all show. How many of us are like that, how many of us on put on an act, deceiving others, even ourselves, into believing we are more than we are.
So ask yourself today, am I going to be a Fig tree with no fruit or one that bears fruit? Only you know the answer…