“And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs” (Mark 11:23).
Jesus expected figs out of season as He approached a tree bearing leaves. For those close to Him, time is no longer the measure for seasons of change. His presence is sufficient to cause flowers to blossom and fruit to be borne. Seasons are a means of measuring natural things. The almanac records planetary alignments and climate changes. The time for planting is different from the time of reaping. Therefore, what grows must mature before it is ripe for harvest. Yet Jesus expected fruit to be produced before harvest time. Since nothing but leaves were there He cursed it so that nothing would ever grow in it again. The lesson was for His followers. There is a moment in time allotted to us by God that must be seized. If not, the heart is hardened and the mind is fixed to remain as it was. He says to us, seize the moment while the Word and the Spirit combine to bring in a new day. God awaits the opportunity to show Himself strong on our behalf. The fruit of our lives is there to serve the world and in particular, this present age. If we do not bear fruit we will be condemned to never bear any. We are to bear much fruit and our fruit is to remain.