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Purpose

 

The Withered Fig Tree/Matthew 21:17-22

Early the next morning Jesus was returning to the city. He was hungry. Seeing a lone fig tree alongside the road, he approached it anticipating a breakfast of figs. When he got to the tree, there was nothing but fig leaves. He said, “No more figs from this tree—ever!” The fig tree withered on the spot, a dry stick. The disciples saw it happen. They rubbed their eyes, saying, “Did we really see this? A leafy tree one minute, a dry stick the next?” But Jesus was matter-of-fact: “Yes—and if you embrace this kingdom life and don’t doubt God, you’ll not only do minor feats like I did to the fig tree, but also triumph over huge obstacles. This mountain, for instance, you’ll tell, ‘Go jump in the lake,’ and it will jump. Absolutely everything, ranging from small to large, as you make it a part of your believing prayer, gets included as you lay hold of God.”

 

As I read this story, I realize how quickly we might become unfruitful if we focus on what can be seen vs. what is at the root of our being. Despite the fig tree being beautiful, it was bearing no fruit. When something loses its purpose, it slowly decays and becomes worthless. It is instrumental to our faith walk that we not portray but walk. We must fulfill our purpose and not become false witnesses.

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Being one in the spirit will be reflected in these ways...

 

 “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” Galatians 5:22-23.

 

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