Mark 11: 12-14, “The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it”.
Jesus came to the fig tree, expecting to find a fruit. He was hungry and wanted to eat something and even though he had seen that the fig tree was full of leaves, he came closer to see if it had any fruit. Since our Lord is same yesterday, today and forever, He still comes to us in eager expectation to find if we have grown by making good use of the blessings that he has bestowed in our lives, and by regular practice turned them into fruits that are seen by all. We have been blessed in heavenly realm with many blessings in Christ but our blessings remain dormant unless we take a step in faith and turn them into action.
We procrastinate and delay our own blessings. We get fearful to take any new initiative even though we know that in order to refine our talents and receive new blessings we should take a step in faith and start walking in their shadow, the way Abraham did.
The Lord wants us to seize every opportunity and make good use of our gifts in order to bring them to the point of perfection. We can’t offer unrefined gifts and talents to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Life is short and there is a time for everything. If we miss that opportunity we run the risk of losing our blessings that come on our way when the giver of those blessings passes by us. Unrefined skills are like leaves that are of no use to the Lord. All they can do is to fill us with pride for the skills that are not being used by God can be used by devil to take away the blessings that the Lord pours down when we submit our gifts and talents to the feet of our master.
The Lord longs to see fruits in our lives not just the leaves of never been used skills. He doesn’t accept the faith unless it has been turned into action to bring glory to his name. Fruit is seen by all; likewise our gifts and talents must be visible to the Lord and others.
What gifts and talents you have been blessed with? When was the last time you used them? Have they been perfected by continuous practice or buried and covered under the curtain of doubts and fear?
What is acceptable to the Lord is faith in action not just the thought that we have faith in Him.
Col. 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord”, Let’s work hard and offer the fruits of the labour to the King and the Lord. He deserves the best and the first portion of our work. Let’s bear fruit for His glory so that whenever He comes, early morning or late at night, He may find us dilligently seeking and exploring new ways to use our gifts and talents. He is the one who gave his life so that we may receive new blessings, Can’t we give him the full grown fruits of those blessings?
Seven elders lay their crown at the feet of the master acknowledging that he is above all gifts and rewards. Can we give our saviour the best portion out of what he has given us to be used for his glory and Kingdom.