Are you a fruit-bearing Christian? If not, you should be. We need to learn a lesson from a barren fig tree that Jesus cursed.
Jesus made His triumphal entry on Sunday. The next day (Monday) Jesus was going back to Jerusalem. He saw a fig tree and approached it to get some figs. Outward, the tree had all the signs of life… it was full of leaves… but as Jesus pushed the leaves back, there was no fruit. As Jesus pushed the leaves back he saw “nothing but leaves” on the tree.
The tree was barren. It had the potential to bear fruit but there was not fruit… instead, “nothing but leaves.” That tree is a symbol for the modern Christian life. Lots of people claim to be Christians but, when their lives are inspected, there is little fruit. There is no regular worship. There is no giving. There is no serving. Perhaps there is constant complaining or criticism coming from their mouths. Although they say they are a Christian, there is no fruit.
What about your life? Is there any fruit? If not, there should be. On one occasion, Jesus told His disciples, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples” (John 15:8). Jesus wants us to produce fruit. As we worship, as we give, as we witness, as we serve, we will produce fruit.
Dr. Powell shares a story about a woman who visited the church that he was Pastor of. The next day she called him for an appointment. She said, “I was converted to Christ as a teenager, but I have been a drifting Christian for years. Today I want to become a one hundred percenter for Christ.” Then she added, “This must be the happiest day of my life.”
If you have been a drifting Christian, you need to become a one hundred percenter as well. And if you do, your life will bear much fruit.