Are You Producing Fruit?

Are You Producing Fruit?

“The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 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. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.” Mark 11:12-14

What do you do when even the presence of Jesus himself doesn’t compel you to produce? What do you do when you realize that you can’t produce what you are not? There are many walking around today blind to the fact that we were made to produce good things in our lives. Not only as something pleasing to look at, but it is to feed God’s people that find themselves hungry if and when they approach us in the wilderness. This scripture says that Jesus, from a distance, saw the fig tree and then went to find out if it had fruit on it. As a disciple of Jesus Christ there are many that will see us from a distance, many that will need encouragement and spiritual sustenance when they find themselves hungry after being tossed to and fro by the evil one. I ask, when others see you from a distance, do you have real fruit one can eat from or are you simply a mirage in the desert? As a Christian are you the illusion of help,and the equivalent of smoke and mirrors, or can one in need eat from your tree and survive.

What good are we, as a disciple of Christ, if we cannot or will not discipline ourselves so that we can ultimately help those in need when they need us? What do we do when the weeds of life have us so preoccupied and emotionally wrapped up that when God needs us to help others we are not available–in any capacity. If the fig tree could not produce fruit for Jesus, one it should be producing for, in or out of season, we must see and accept the painful reality of the fig tree just taking up space, and as a Christian the question to ask ourselves is, “Are we producing fruit or just taking up space?”

It is no surprise to me that we observe later in this story that the fig tree has withered and died. God made all things to need one another for survival and to feed and help others. Sadly, this fig tree wasn’t performing either duty. In the book of John we are told to remain in Him and He will remain in us for no branch can bear fruit apart from the vine, and neither can we bear fruit apart from Him. I would like to encourage you to remain in Jesus so that you may bear good fruit and do good works which were prepared in advance for us to do. Press through all that might come your way because when you endure the cross set before you the pain you are experiencing will ultimately be the spiritual fruit that someone else will be able to eat and survive on–if you remain in Him. Your pain will produce your purpose and if we are not striving for our purpose, In Jesus Christ, I must ask, what are we here for?

 

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D. C. Lassiter About D. C. Lassiter

D. C. Lassiter is host of the Dovetales radio show and author of Beyond the Face of the Movies, a non-fiction, Christian Living book. You can find D.C. Lassiter on her online blog and on Facebook page.

Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this post, D.C, thank you so much. I have a Beth Moore study book “David: 90 Days with a Heart Like His” and as I read throug it, it makes me wonder if I’ll EVER have a heart like his.

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  2. Hi Peg! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Ooh Beth Moore, I like her. I attended a study led by her in regards to the Tabernacle and I was blessed. You are not alone in the desire to have a heart like David. I will take a look to see if I can find that study too. God Bless you sweet lady!!!

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  3. Laurie Driesen says:

    HI D.C., I wanted to read your post because we are going to talk about the fruit of the Spirit tomorrow night in Bible Study. I like what you said about the weeds of life. Thank you for your words! Such a good reminder to stay close to the Lord so that we can produce fruit for Him. I really don’t want to be just a mirage! Thanks for the great post!

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  4. Hi Laurie! I am so glad you liked the post. I hope it encouraged you as you head to your bible study tonight. Please let me know if there is anything in your bible study that you can pass on to me. I love spiritual nuggets… God Bless you!

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  5. Janet K Brown says:

    This post steps on my toes. Thanks, D. C.

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