January 31 Fruitless or Faithful

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Exodus 12:14-13:16;  Matthew 20:29-21:22;  Psalm 25:16-22;  Proverbs 6:12-15

“Early in the morning, as he was on his way back into the city, he was hungry.  Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it but leaves.  Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!”  Immediately the tree withered.  When the disciples saw this, they were amazed.  “How did the fig tree wither so fast?” they asked.  Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but you can also say to this mountain, “Go throw yourself into the sea” and it will be done.  If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  Matthew 21:18-21

Jesus expected figs to be on the fig tree.  He expected His Father’s House–the temple in Jerusalem–to be filled with faithful priests serving and nurturing the faith of those within.  

Instead he found a fruitless tree and fruitless priests in an empty temple.

Both left him hungry.

Judgement came to the fig tree and judgement fell on the Jerusalem temple in 70 A.D. when it was destroyed. Fruitless trees and fruitless temples serve no purpose.

Jesus knew that and that’s why he allowed himself to be hung on a cross.  His Body and Blood would “feed” those who believed in Him.  We are now His temple through faith.  We bear the fruit of the Spirit dwelling within us–love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

We can tell the mountain of fear, anxiety, joblessness, alienation, loneliness, sickness…to go jump into the ocean!

We can bear fruit for Him.

Lord God, preserve us in the one true faith–faith that believes and confesses that Jesus is the only Way, Truth and Life.  May we bear fruit in word and deed.  We trust you with all that weighs on our hearts and our minds this day.  We trust you to move mountains!  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “January 31 Fruitless or Faithful

  1. As born-again believers in Christ, we all need to be more faithful to our Lord as He is faithful to us and we need to bear much fruit. I especially like the verse at the end of your article! It is my life verse; however, I would add verse 7. GREAT counsel from God’s Eternal Word for every believer to go by.

    Proverbs 3:5-7, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil”.

    In His (Christ) Service – Mikey

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