Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God and not in God Himself.
– Muguel de Unamuno, Spanish philosopher
One morning while Jesus was traveling back to Jerusalem, He became hungry and searched a nearby fig tree for some fruit to eat. The tree was full of shiny green leaves but had no fruit, and Jesus cursed the tree for being fruitless, or fake, and the tree withered. Why such harsh actions? Jesus had been dealing with the Jewish temple leaders and was disappointed to find them to be the same way. They put on a show and talked about God but didn’t actually follow Him. They boasted of a Messiah to come, but then didn’t acknowledge Him. They believed only in the idea of God. We must also be careful today that we do not fall into that same trap.
~ Matthew 21:18-22 The barren fig tree ~
A friend once confessed to me, “I never talk bad about Jesus just in case he’s real.” It was kind of a sad statement, and I wasn’t exactly sure where my friend stood with her faith. Though none of us are perfect in our faith, if we’re honest with ourselves, we should be able to self-examine our lives to know if we truly believe and follow Jesus, or if we just like the idea of it. Don’t cheat yourself out of Jesus’ promises to you. With true faith and honest prayer and Jesus by your side, you will receive many wonderful blessings.