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The Parable of the Fig Tree

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 24: 32 – 35

Jesus instilled a sense of expectation in his followers. Before their generation was gone, they were going to see everything he spoke about and they did. He was crucified and rose again. The temple Herod has spent his life building was reduced to rubble 40 years later. There were wars, rumours of war and believers were persecuted throughout the Empire.

We live over 2000 years later and struggle with that sense of expectation. Do you really thing Jesus could come back any day or do you see it happening ever?

Their sense of expectation drove them to speak to everyone about Jesus. If he was coming back in just a few years they could not afford to wait or people might be lost when he came back. Each person they met, they might meet them only once and what would Jesus say if they didn’t talk about faith to them?

We need to recover some expectation in our lives. Granted, Jesus has not come back yet, that doesn’t change our responsibility to speak to others about faith. What if we never see them again, what if we never take the chance when it comes?

One of the reasons so few people come to faith today is we are so reluctant to speak about Jesus. What can we do to change this?

Prayer: Heavenly Father it’s much easier to stay quiet and not speak about you. I don’t want to be embarrassed and I don’t want to come across as a bit weird. If I am honest, I also wouldn’t really know what to do if people said they wanted me to lead them to faith. Help me to find enough courage to speak to one person every day this week about faith.

Action: Speak to one person every day this week about faith.

This Thought was written by Norman Smith