And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply (perhaps) he might find any thing thereon: and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter forever, and His disciples heard it (Mark 11:13-14).
Fig trees are popular and inexpensive food in Israel. It usually takes about three years after they have been planted to bear fruit. Each tree yields a certain amount of fruit twice a year, in the spring and in early autumn. When Jesus saw the fig tree it was in the early spring fig season when the leaves were beginning to bud. The figs normally grow as the leave fill out, but the fig tree Jesus saw was full of leaves, but wasn’t bearing any fruit. The fig tree is an example of some Christians, they look the part, they play the part, having a form of godliness, but denying the power. Having mere religion without power or spiritual life.
Just as Jesus was looking for fruit on the fig tree, He’s also looking for those that are professing to be Christians to be bearing fruit. Three years or more of salvation and one is not bearing fruit is spiritually abnormal, a matter of fact, as Christians, we should be growing spiritually yearly. We shouldn’t be the same as we were last year. There are different levels in the Spirit and we should be on different levels yearly. When Jesus gives visitations, He’s expecting to see fruit individually and corporately.
Take time and study the Word of God, get to know Him by His Word and apply His Word daily to your life, then shall you produce fruit. Either you’re going to bear good fruit or corrupt fruit. You can’t bear good fruit unless you come subject to the Word of God; corrupt fruit is bearing the fruit of the world.