“Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, ‘No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.’ And at once the fig tree withered” (Matthew 21:19).

We are barking up the wrong tree if we think faith can exist apart from bearing fruit. Tragically, church attendance, religious jargon, even prayer and bible study can become leafy expressions, offering the impression that fruit-bearing is being accomplished. It’s the difference between showy religion and a faith that shows.

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