Jesus was hungry as they journeyed from Bethany. When He saw a fig tree with leaves from afar, He went to see if He could find some figs to eat on it. But when He came to it, He only found leaves. (Mark 11:12-13)
Jesus approached this fig tree because He was hungry and its display of lavish foliage suggested that it might have something to satisfy Him.
However on reaching it and inspecting it closely, He found nothing to eat and satiate His hunger.
This specific fig tree represents flamboyant Christians who from afar seem to be very fruitful Christians. They maybe Christians who always carry their Bibles and whip them out at every opportunity to quote Scriptures. Or they may have multiple Christian stickers on their cars and numerous Scriptural plaques in their offices and homes. They may even wear crosses on their neck chains everyday as symbols of their strong faith.
Regardless of their mode of display, these people on close inspection are just showy Christians without substance.
Their words, actions, jewelry, car stickers and home decorations are the loud leaves that advertise their Christianity but they do not produce the fruits that Christians should produce which are love, joy, peace, patience or longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
The lesson we therefore all have to ask ourselves is, "If Jesus inspected me would He the fruits of the spirit in my life?
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