Fresh Hope – Day 358

I love the story in the Bible found in the book of Mark, chapter 11. It says, “The next day as they were leaving Bethany (speaking of the disciples), 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 fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.”

In this story, Jesus demonstrates a principle that we must each apply to our own lives…’It either has to grow or it’s got to go.’ Upon approaching the fig tree, Jesus identified that what should have been bearing fruit was showing no signs of doing so and therefore was taking up valuable space. He then cursed the tree so that it would never bear fruit again.

I wonder today what’s taking up valuable space in your life. Maybe it’s people, maybe it’s old ways of living – whatever it may be, you must make the decision at the start of a new year to no longer carry dead things around with you.

Address that thing in your life and let it know, if you aren’t growing, you’re going! You only have one life to live, and you can’t afford to spend it surrounded by things that aren’t bringing increase into your world. Understand that God did not design you to live a small existence, but He intended that you live BIG.

I pray that you will experience that kind of life today.

Caleb Burchell

A daily devotion for a better way of living.