Fresh Hope – 20th March 2019

‘Early in the morning as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered (Matthew 21:18-19). 

 Jesus hated things that bore no fruit. Jesus has called us to live fruitful lives. Fruit in our lives is a product of a life rooted and established in Him. A dead tree is a sign of no connection to the life source.  

 What areas of our lives are bearing no fruit? What are the parts of us that aren’t connected to the life source? It could be false appearances, our conversations, certain relationships, or our use of time.  

 Jesus often used metaphors and everyday imagery to convey profound kingdom principles. In John 15:1-27, Jesus says that he is the true vine. ‘As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing’. The powerful point is that the branches of our lives are fruitless without the source being in God.  

Cut off the branches that are bearing no fruit. Those things that are not rooted in God and demanding your resources, time, energy, thought patterns – they will never create lasting fruit. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the root of why it is that you are investing into something bearing no fruit, and let him shift your priorities into something life-giving and fruit bearing.  

 Emma Burchell 

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