So – it’s Tuesday. Jesus hasn’t blinked as He continues His trek to the cross. He probably hasn’t slept either.
One thing He had done is curse a fig tree the day before. Today, as the disciples and Jesus walked by, they were stunned. The tree that had not produced fruit for the Son of Man was now withered – from the roots up.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m a farm girl. When a tree gets sick and dies, it starts from the top down. Not this time. This time the tree had died at the source.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.” John 15:5-8 NLT
Fig trees are beautiful. Durable. Iconic.
“Apart from me you can do nothing…” Nothing. I repeat – nothing. Rest assured, His will is to be fruitful, to be shining examples of HIs image. He wants to provide His living water to our roots so we can thrive and be beautiful in Him.
So, let’s take it 180 degrees.
Within Him we can do everything. When we are in Him we will be gathered into His arms forever. In Him we can ask and He promises to provide “every good and perfect gift”.
“This brings great glory to our Father.”
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10b NIV
Yes, and amen!