Mark 11: 13 – 14, 20 – 22 – ‘Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it… In the morning as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered.’
It can be easy for us to say, ‘I can’t do anything now, it’s not the season.’ Jesus wants us to be fruitful in all seasons. Yes, there is a time to reap and a time to sow, but don’t both relate to being productive?
It is always a time to be fruitful. We can do this through our giving. We can be fruitful with our earning. We can be generous, wealthy Christians in every season of our lives.
My husband and I have just had our second child. He was so eager to come along; he turned up 6 weeks early! As I make frequent hospital visits, there are many opportunities to help others that need to visit the hospital.
This morning I was able to provide someone with my parking space as she needed one close to the hospital to get her newly discharged baby to. It was easy to say, ‘I’m just leaving now, come and benefit from my spot.’ It greatly blessed her and made me feel good for being able to help!
In the process of this happening, another person found a park but a bin was in the way. I was in the opportune place to move it for her. Ask God to open your eyes to opportunities to be fruitful – He will gladly grant your request!
Financial tip – some annual bills like car registrations and home insurance are cheaper to pay in full, rather than in smaller more frequent amounts. Save in anticipation of these bills – they shouldn’t be a surprise! In doing so, you’ll save yourself money over the longer term to invest elsewhere.