In the morning, as Jesus was returning to Jerusalem, he was hungry,and he noticed a fig tree beside the road. He went over to see if there were any figs, but there were only leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” And immediately the fig tree withered up.
The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?”
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” – Matthew 21:18-22 (NLT)
As the fig tree had leaves on it, the figs would surely have been visible when you got close to the tree. The fig tree looked healthy and vibrant from far away, but it was not producing fruit. Jesus is drawing a parallel with the earlier verses by making a note that a person can be like this fig tree, look good on the outside with their actions and words but not bear any spiritual fruit (look at the fruits of the Spirits – Galatians 5:22-23 – for what spiritual fruit should look like). His warning is clear, if there is no fruit in you, then your end will be in destruction like the withered fig tree.
Where are you bearing spiritual fruit in your life? Is there anything holding you back from bearing more fruit for God’s kingdom?