The Passion Week Shows What Jesus is Looking for in Your Life

Was Monday a bad day for Jesus, or did His words suggest application for us?

Sometimes what you expect is not what you get. You come to a situation that promises one thing, but you find another altogether. Monday of Passion Week proved that way for Jesus.

Fig tree in Israel

(Photo: Fig tree in Israel. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

After His Triumphal Entry on the colt, Jesus entered the Temple area in Jerusalem and found the Court of the Gentiles—the area for Gentiles to worship God—filled with markets and moneychangers.

The next day, Monday, Jesus returned to Jerusalem along the same road He had traveled before. He saw a fig tree in leaf, which typically indicated that it would have unripe figs to eat. But the tree offered only leaves.

No fruit for breakfast. So Jesus cursed the tree. His disciples heard Him.

We should hear Him too.

Jesus’ words indicate what He is looking for in our lives.

Why Curse the Tree?

Mondays are tough for most folks. Was that all it was for Jesus—just a bad morning? Why did Jesus curse the tree that morning just for having no fruit on it? 

He was teaching His disciples. (And us.)

Jesus cursed the tree, not in a fit of anger, but in order to represent what He had seen the day before in the Jewish leaders and the Temple. There was no fruit present in the leaders of Israel when all indications suggested otherwise. Plenty of leaves, but nothing of substance.

Fig on a tree.

(Photo: Fig on a tree. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

What Jesus is Looking for in Your Life

Only a few days later, Jesus would tell His disciples that He chose them for a particular reason:

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. —John 15:16

Jesus desires the same for us. He wants to find us fruitful, not just leafy. In fact, He said that’s why He chose us.

The lives of the religious always bear leaves but not always fruit. May our lives today offer Jesus more than fig leaves!

When Jesus looks at our lives, He expects to find our faith lived out in authenticity.

Question: What motivates you to bear much fruit for God? To leave a comment, just click here.

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  • em111

    If you live by faith and see failure or heartbreak and words you offer seem to fall on deaf ears or there is no change you can see, how do you know if there is any good you have done? How do you know there is fruit?

    • You’ve just described the ministries of most Old Testament prophets and, on some level, even Jesus. Your faithfulness IS fruit. Sometimes our work is just to plant, and someone else waters, and God causes the growth when it’s time (1 Cor. 3:6).

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  • Delphine Reed

    Excellent article, Wayne. There are two things that consistently motivate me to be fruitful.
    1. My love for God that can be demonstrated through obedience.
    2. My love for people that is effectively demonstrated by meeting their needs and acquainting them with the God I love.

    • Thank you, Delphine. Your motivations are spot-on! Jesus defined love exactly as you have: love for God demonstrated in obedience and love for others demonstrated in service.

  • Michelle thick

    My love for God. Having a love for people that God had. I have had a vision for ministry for long time. Just waiting for my relationship with God to get stronger so I can be of good service for the world. Who knows maybe God has other plans. Anyway good article again.
    Thank you
    God Bless
    Michelle Thick

    • I would encourage you to get involved on some level of service now, Michelle. If you wait until you’re stronger, you’ll never feel strong enough. God can use any of His children at any level. It’s all about willingness, humility, and availability. Go for it!

      • Michelle thick

        Ok thanks i have a ministry that i helped with and loved it. Will pray for availability so i can keep going.
        God bless

  • RabbitNumber23

    Great article what motivates me to be fruitful is to get to know God much better, to get closer to him, to share my love for him. To continue to have compassion for others as Jesus our Lord and Saviour did and to be a much wiser person

    • Those are fabulous motivations. I think I’ll adopt them too! Thanks.

  • richard

    Probably because I know that I’m doing the right thing. My mind is in the right place and I can feel it. Just like at times I can feel the Holy Spirit within me.

    • I have confident that you do the right thing, Richard. I admire you.

  • richard

    Thank you Wayne for the nice comment.