The withered fig tree – CAC Living Water Devotional
CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
DATE: Saturday, June 18, 2022.
TOPIC: THE WITHERED FIG TREE
READ: Matthew 21:18-19
18. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
19. 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.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit (John 15:2).
Towards the time of the crucifixion and the last week of the ministry of our Lord Jesus on earth, He taught some vital lessons of life. He left Bethany and was hungry. Seeing an apparently fruitful fig tree, He went to take some of the fruits, but surprisingly found nothing on it, except leaves. Humanly speaking, Jesus’ expectation was dashed, hence the curse He placed on the tree. That fig tree could be described as empty, just like what happens to the land bedevilled by desertification and drought. Recall that the world just deliberated on ways of combatting desertification and drought, yesterday.
The fig tree pointed to the spiritually dead Jewish religious leaders of Jesus’ days. Today, it can be also be applied to all professed children of God who aren’t bearing God-pleasing fruit. Jesus used an object lesson to demonstrate the hypocrisy of God’s people.Cursing the fig tree was Jesus way of displaying that the whole nation had become spiritually empty. They had the form of religion, but not the reality (cf. 2 Tim. 3:5).
So many Christians today are full of religious activities in the body of Christ. They appear to be religious, but don’t bear fruit for the Master. They have the language of Christianity and the Church, but actually fail to live like Christ. They have all the signs of spiritual life, but lack fruit (2 Tim. 3:5). Some churches have large attendance, but are devoid of faith, love, and holiness. These high price being charismatic (gifts), but lack the Christlike character (fruit). True living faith must bear spiritual fruit in a person’s life, and genuine faith is more than outward religion.
The Christian life is about growing and producing fruit that glorifies God (Cal. 5:22,23). When we are all leaves and no fruit, we are living in hypocrisy, and Jesus won’t condone that. If you make profession of Christ, let His fruit (the beauty of Christ) be seen in you. Do not be cumbersome with just leaves; bear fruit for the Master. Jesus is coming soon. He will curse the fruitless tree.
1. Pray that God will forgive you of those areas of your life where you have fallen short of His expectations.
2. Pray that God will help you to bear much fruit for Him, even as you devote yourself to His service.
3. Pray for CAC Hanson Region, our father in the Lord, the Superintendent, and its officers at the various levels, as led by the Spirit of God. Restore true discipleship that would make members of the Church deeply rooted in You.
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