Jesus was hungry in the morning and came to a fig tree by the road.
When he came to it there were only leaves, no figs.
So He says "let no fruit grow on you again!" The tree immediately withered away.
I was reading a commentary and its take on this passage was an indication towards what hypocrisy looks like. As I think about it, I think it definitely could represent that. The fig tree gave every indication that there would be fruit on it. The leaves all over the plant were there.
This summer I have been watching my raspberry and blueberry plants grow. They barely produced any fruit. I was confused as to what was going on. Nick found out that he had it set up on a watering line in our yard that did not get the watering it needed. The leaves were all there but there was not enough water to produce fruit.
We don't want to just look like Christians. When people come close to examine us we want them to see fruit blooming in our lives. We want to be a follower of Christ from a far away view and up close.
How do we make sure in our own lives this can happen? We make sure we are getting enough water to nourish us in ourselves, that His Spirit in us can begin to produce the fruit we are capable of producing.
We want to be what we look like from a distance up close.