Are We “Nothing But Leaves?”

This is Holy Week, a time to remember the events of Jesus last week on earth. On Monday of this week, Jesus was coming back from Bethany and He was hungry. He saw a fig tree in the distance that was covered with leaves so He went to see if it had any figs on it. But when He got closer, Jesus saw there was “nothing but leaves.” Then, Jesus said, “No one shall ever eat figs from you again” (Mark 11:12-14)!
The fig tree was a metaphor of the nation of Israel. There was the potential for them to glorify God but like the fig tree, they had produced nothing but leaves. This week, as we reflect on our Christian lives, what does our Christian lives look like? Are we like the fig tree; nothing but leaves? Or, as Jesus examines us, are we producing fruit.
When we give our lives to Christ, the Holy Spirit begins working in us and as it does, we should produce fruit that indicates we are Christians. Jesus said in John 15:8, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
So, are we producing fruit? Paul talked about the fruit of the spirit in Galations 5. He said, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23).
Today, let’s examine our lives? Are we producing fruit consistent with the Christian life? If not, let’s ask for forgiveness and ask the Lord to help us become fruit-bearing Christians.

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