Christian Women’s Fellowship
To help the disciples prepare themselves for His return, Jesus commanded them to learn and understand the way of the fig tree. He said that when the fig tree’s branches become tender and its new leaves begin to shoot, it is clear that summer is near. So you too, when you see all these things recognise that He is near, right at the door. Jesus was speaking concerning the final judgement at the end of the age, and yet there is also a seasonal application for us today. The lesson of the fig tree highlights the truth that upon seeing the signs of tender branches and new leaves, new fruit will also emerge. It is the season of His visitation.
Through the prophet Jeremiah, the Lord likened the people of God to either fresh figs or bad figs. Fresh figs are people who obey the word of God and are established in His love. In contrast, people whose love has grown cold because of lawlessness are likened in the Scriptures to rotting or bad figs. Jesus is coming to us in this season and is asking us to give an account, because He is looking for good fruit. He said, ‘You did not choose Me, but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain’. Joh 15:16. If we are to bear good fruit, we are going to need some sovereign intervention! God needs to bring an actual change to our lives, so that we are able to produce something that is of the eternal life of God. We thank the Lord that His present word to us, in this season, is helping us to understand how this change is actually being transacted in our lives.