On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
Mark 11:12-13 (ESV) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-2 (ESV)
Day 300 – Source of Fruitfulness
When Jesus saw a fig tree full of leaves but saw that it was fruitless, He was immediately disappointed. Its foliage signals that it should have early figs but that was not the case. It was fruitful in appearance, barren in reality.
If a fig tree draws too much nitrogen in its soil, the tree focuses its growing energy on producing leaves rather than fruit. But when planted with the proper nutrients and with tender care from a good farmer, it grows figs that yield wonderful health benefits to those who eat of it. Similarly, even when we do great things but draw satisfaction from worldly acknowledgement, our actions mean nothing. But when we draw strength and guidance from God, we learn to love like how God loves us and our actions bless the people around us.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your selfless love. Help us to follow after Your kind of love that is directed outward towards others, and not inward towards ourselves. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Mei Li Khong Yung