What Jesus Did! 'You Must Be Fruitful!' — Matthew 21:18-22

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Early the next morning, Jesus was going back to the city. Jesus was very hungry. Jesus saw a fig tree beside the road. Jesus went to the fig tree {to get a fig to eat}. But there were no figs on the tree. There were only leaves. So Jesus said to the tree, "You will never again have fruit!" And then the tree dried up and died. The followers saw this. They were very surprised. They asked, "How did the fig tree dry up and die so quickly?" Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth. If you have faith and no doubts, you will be able to do the same as I did to this tree. And you will be able to do more. You will be able to say to this mountain, 'Go, mountain, fall into the sea.' And if you have faith, it will happen. If you believe, you will get anything you ask for in prayer."
— Matthew 21:18-22 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 21:18-22 NLT — "You will never again have fruit!"

Key Thought

Like Jerusalem, we are given so many opportunities to be fruitful, to show our faith and faithfulness to the Lord, and to live a life that blesses others to the Father's glory. But opportunities are not forever. God calls us to reflect his character and grace. When we don't, and this refusal and neglect become habitual, God will give us opportunities to repent and change our actions. But there comes a time when we must change or judgement comes. If we are truly connected to Jesus, if we are truly his disciples, we will bear fruit that reflects his character. The Spirit will help make sure of this. Our love for the Savior will call us to this. Our friends in Christ will encourage this. But ultimately, we must decide that Jesus is Lord and is worthy of our life's commitment to him!

Today's Prayer

Holy and gracious Father, you have given me so many opportunities to start over, to live for you, to overcome my sinfulness. I cannot thank you enough for the incredible outpouring of your grace and patience for me. Thank you so much. I commit again today to live reflecting your character and grace and ask that you not only be pleased, but that you also supply me with the power to help me do this. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 15:5-8
  • John 14:12-14
  • 2 Pet. 1:5-8


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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