Rev. Dr. Ayub Chhinchani preached on the them ‘Fruitless life/Are we bearing fruits?’ taken from Mark’s Gospel 11:20-26. While this text speaks primarily to Israel, there is also a word of warning here for all people. The Lord Jesus wants us all to know that He is examining our lives. He wants us to know that He is looking for genuine spiritual fruit in our lives. When He finds that fruit, we are blessed. When He does not find it, there is a high price to pay.
Let us see the 3 things from this passage and see what it teaches us:
1) THE LORD’S DESIRE: The paradox of the earthly life of the Lord Jesus Christ is summed up in the words of Paul in 2 Cor. 8:9, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” We praise God that Jesus became a man so that we might have a Redeemer and a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother!
2) THE LORD’S DISAPPOINTMENT: Are we really in love with Jesus? Are we really in love with one another? Is He the centerpiece of all we do? Is there real commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, or do we merely give Him lip service? Or, do we have fruit that honors the Lord? Fruit is always the evidence of genuine salvation. When we are all leaf and no fruit we are living in spiritual hypocrisy. We are fit for nothing but judgment.
3) THE LORD’S DECLARATION: Because the fig tree was barren when it promised fruit, the Lord Jesus pronounced a curse upon it. Again, this is a picture of the nation of Israel. Because they promised life but only delivered bondage and dead religion, they were cursed as well. The lack of fruit was not the reason for the curse. It was the pretense of the leaves! The tree was making promises it could not deliver! Time to ponder!!!