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Are you in season?

Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Mark 11:13

The story of Jesus and the fig tree has always bothered me. Why did He curse it, causing it to wither from the roots? The tree was merely doing what trees do? It wasn't the season for figs. If Jesus had wanted fruit so badly, why didn't He miraculously cause it to grow on this tree? Why did He speak a curse? Now the tree would never bear fruit again.

I think this bothers me so much because I fear what He would say if He were to see me from a distance. Would He make the trip to only find leaves? Or when He arrived, would He discover plenty of fruit?

First, it was just a tree. The Lord spoke them into existence. He can certainly choose to speak one out of existence if He wants.

Second, we are not trees. Once the grace of God has entered a life, it will bear fruit. There is no way it won't. For the Spirit of God always bears fruit through one in whom He is planted.

The ones who should be worried by this story are those who do not know the salvation that comes through the blood of Christ. The day is coming when He will make the journey from Heaven to gather those who bear fruit. Those without salvation will be out of season, and their curse will be eternal.

Lord, thank You for bearing fruit in me. When You arrive, there will be plenty to harvest because Your Spirit will have grown it. It needn't worry about the curse. The fruit will never depart from me. You never leave those whom You have called.

Come, Lord Jesus. Enjoy the fruit You find.

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