August 24, 2019
Nothing but Leaves
Mark 11:12-14 (KJB) And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
Jesus expected to find mature figs on this tree. It looked good, had been cloaked with a lot of leaves, this tree gave an outward impression that it bore fruit. Jesus was physically hungry and spotted this mature looking tree off in the distance walking towards it expected to find sustenance.
However, this particular good-looking tree did not produce any fruit.
Perhaps it was a disappointment for Jesus to find no substance. Though He is never surprised about the spiritual condition of any heart and an argument could be made towards that, this verse highlights for us that outward expressions and professions do not necessarily paint an accurate portrait of what is going on inside.
The outer expression can fool some people. A person can look good, sound good, do good things, etc. However, not all people who profess Christ know Him, or have good morals, and sincerely do produce lasting spiritual fruit. The spiritual bottom line- If a soul does not have a fruitful harvest, that person does not have a sincere profession of faith in Christ.
It is true, without the supernatural presence of Christ, a man will spiritually wobble and wither and produce no fruit. Perhaps from the outside, or from a distance, he or she might look good, just like this tree, but upon close inspection, be found to be non-productive.
I hope when Jesus Christ inspects your heart, He finds fruit. If there is nothing but leaves, your spiritual heart condition leaves Him wanting. It does not satisfy His will for your life and only leads to no crop production and certain eternal demise.