Summary: Many of you know the parable of the fig tree. I want to draw your attention to its fate. Let us have a look at what the Word of God is telling us here.
Many of you know the parable of the fig tree. I want to draw your attention to its fate. Let us have a look at what the Word of God is telling us here.
Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." Immediately the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither away so soon?"
So Jesus went up to a fig tree to satisfy His hunger, but found no fruit on it and said: "Let no fruit grow on you ever again". How are we to understand this? Can it really be that Jesus cursed the fig tree just because He was hungry and there were no fruit on the tree? Or maybe he was experimenting. He had power and He was wanting to demonstrate that power. No, that was not the case. Well, what then does this parable teach us?
Jesus, the Son of God, knew that everything that God has created has a particular function and purpose. The fig tree was created that it might bear fruit and feed hungry people. Jesus walked to the tree at a time when it was supposed to be bearing fruit, but He found nothing on it except for leaves. So He cursed the fig tree because it was not fulfilling its purpose.
Everything that God has created has a particular function and a specific purpose. For example, every tree (not just the trees that produce fruit) is created for some kind of purpose, and when people thoughtlessly destroy them, irreversible ecological changes take place.
Everything that God does is for a specific purpose.
So if God does not do anything just for the sake of it, then it surely follows that everything you see must exist for a particular purpose.
God gave you life for a purpose. You have a particular purpose to fulfill, and you must understand what this purpose is and fulfil that particular purpose. So if God has created you, then there are specific tasks that He has purposed for you to accomplish, tasks which only you and nobody else can fulfill.
You may not know what this purpose is yet, but this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist.
Each one of us has to be aware of his or her purpose in life. If we don’t know for what purpose we have been created and what our calling is, then we will inevitably misuse our life and our time. There are many people who live without a purpose, without a dream, without a vision for the future. They simply exist and bear no fruit.
But misuse is the same as destruction, the same as inevitable ruin. In the Bible we read: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). That means, ignorance and lack of knowledge can be the cause of a Christian’s ruin.
Hear the word of the Lord, You children of Israel, For the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away With the beasts of the field And the birds of the air; Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.