Joyce Meyer Devotional 4 July 2019 For Today
Topic: Bear Fruit, Not Just Leaves!
Scripture: And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. — Colossians 1:9-10
Message: People who want to be leaders must have character in their dealings with others. They must keep their word. They must be people of integrity. In Matthew 21:18-19, we read about an incident in the life of Jesus:
In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.
I used to feel sorry for that fig tree. I didn’t understand this story at all. I thought, “It wasn’t the fig tree’s fault that it didn’t have any figs on it. Why did Jesus curse it?”
Joyce Meyer Devotional 4 July 2019 – Bear Fruit, Not Just Leaves!
Some time later, God showed me the reason. As this verse in The Amplified Bible (Classic Edition) notes, on a fig tree the fruit appears at the same time as the leaves. So, when Jesus from a distance saw the fig tree with leaves on it, He went to it expecting to find fruit on it. When there was none on it, He cursed it. Why? Because it was a phony; it had leaves but no fruit.
In the body of Christ, we must be very careful that we don’t have just leaves and no fruit. We are not going to win the world with only a bumper sticker on our car, a Jesus pin on our lapel, a big Bible and a bunch of Christian teachings. We must have fruit because Jesus has said that it is by our fruit that we will be known.
Prayer Starter: Father, help me to represent You well and show others more than just “leaves.” Help me to go deeper in my relationship with You so I can bear fruit and be a representative of Your love, character, integrity, compassion and goodness everywhere I go. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children, and live outside St. Louis, Missouri. Her ministry is headquartered near the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri