Since the beginning of the year, God has been speaking to me about the fig tree.
It’s a desire in my heart that my life would bear fruit because in the end, I want to stand before God and have something to show for this life He has redeemed. With all my heart, I want something of worth to remain after everything is tried.
But I’ve discovered there’s more. The Lord is hungry.
Oftentimes we think that we must bear fruit for the sake of the sinner, so that they might eat and be made righteous. I agree. Also, our fruit is essential for the building up and edification of the body of Christ. The fruit of our life is necessary for our households and brothers and sisters in Christ. Yes, bear for one another’s sake!
But there’s a reverence that settles in on me when I consider that Jesus saw the fig tree and approached it because He was hungry. There was something He was looking for in that particular tree that would satisfy Him. He wanted to eat.
Surface Christianity just isn’t enough. All the showy leaves that indicate that there is life in me are worthless unless I produce something that will satisfy Jesus.
James tells us that faith without works is dead. Anybody think of the fig tree when you read that? What if those leaves are faith without works?
Jesus tells us, have faith in God! I have it! And the account of the fig tree in Mark 11 says the same. “And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves…”
The footnotes of my study NKJV study bible state that the fig tree represented professed adherence to God but possessed no spiritual reality.
Full of promise but empty.
Whatever is not producing spiritual realities in my life must go. Anything that has capped the flow of productivity in my life needs to be removed and here’s the thing, it’s not God’s responsibility to remove it. I can speak with Him about it all I want but nothing will ever change.
Look at Matthew 21:19-21
And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
The Lord has given us the responsibility. He will not do what we must do ourselves. It’s time to curse what must be cursed and release the blessing to grow and produce in our lives!
Most Christians don’t like the idea of “cursing” but it’s an weapon in warfare that we can’t allow to become idle. Jesus used this weapon (Mark 11:21), not on people (I stress that) but on oppressing, depressing, hindering, suppressing spirits.
To strengthen the idea of this, you might like to know that the word curse is rooted in the Greek (685) meaning prayer (as lifted to heaven). Cursing is part of prayer.
It’s also rooted in the word exsecratus which translates execration. (ex-out of/ secra-sacred)
When we utilize this arsenal, we are using our authority to evict some things. Come out of my sacred!
We must say it and mean it!
Luke 13:6-9, He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why does it use up the ground? But he answered and said to him, Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.
Friend, when I read the account of the barren fig tree in Luke 13, I don’t want to be just another tree that “uses up the ground”.
Prophetically speaking, we have one year. Within one year, if we will utilize the tools given us, there will and must be change. Our life will bear fruit that satisfies a hungry God.
We must dig around the roots and expose them. What are our roots growing in? We must be rooted and grounded in the love of God. Nothing else will do. Dig. Prayer is your shovel. Time alone with a loving God will reveal some things. Don’t be afraid to discover. And then fertilize. As you pray for discernment over your life, allow the things that have been limiting you become the dung that will add to your development.
You may be surprised what may suddenly become refuse.
Philippians 3:8-10, But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him…