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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Faith like a Fig Tree (Mark 11)

If someone who knows you on strictly a professional basis or just socially found out you are a Christian, would they respond in total disbelief, a little surprised, or not at all surprised? What do they see in you that makes them respond in this way?

In Mark 11:12-14, we are told about Jesus cursing a fig tree. It's easy to read this event and not think much of it or really see application for our own lives. But when we slow down and really dig in, we see tremendous application.

Mark 11:12-14 The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!” And the disciples heard him say it.”

So why is Jesus cursing this fig tree? Leaves on a fig tree are an outward sign that there is fruit. But since the fig tree was acting like it had fruit but really had none, Jesus cursed it.

Fig trees in Scripture always point to Israel. So with that in mind, who else in Jesus' time was doing false advertising, acting religious but having no fruit? The scribes and Pharisees.

They were not leading anyone to God. In fact, they were leading people away from Jesus, who is God in human flesh.

So what about in our time? Who is acting like a fig tree in our time today? Anyone who claims to be a Christian but is not willing to lead people to Jesus; produce good fruit.

So I need to examine my own life and ask the question, am I producing fruit? Am I telling people about Jesus? Am I drawing people to Jesus by my actions, words, and priorities? Or does my passion, priorities, and actions not do a thing to draw people to Jesus and help them grow in relationship to Him?

What empty field is God placing before me where I have an opportunity to plant seeds? What seeds do I see sprouting that need to be cultivated and watered?

On the other hand when God puts an empty field before me or a seed that is sprouting, do I walk right by without stopping and taking the time to cultivate and water the soil and help that seed grown?

Dear Lord, Thank you for the reminder of the fig tree. Please show me where the empty fields are around me which desperately need the seeds of your Gospel message. Lord, prepare my eyes to see those opportunities and the passion to stop what I'm doing and act on them. Lord, I'm ready. Please give me an opportunity today to share your Gospel message with someone who is willing and ready to hear it. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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