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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 figsThen 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.
Mark 11:13-14, 20

It’s serious business, the fate of this fig tree. Almost as serious as the business of Christ’s call to us to wisely and obediently bear spiritual fruit as we represent His coming Kingdom. Over the next three weeks, the Weekly 3:10 will look at what this call means as well as some of the things it doesn’t mean.

As we move through this series, disagreement will without a doubt rise; some readers may even choose to no longer follow this blog. I hope that won’t be the case; either way I have no choice but to relay the Truth that today can be so far removed from our society.

The material for Week 1 is straightforward. I’d like to ask you to join me for this week in measuring our own levels of obedience to Christ against His level of obedience to His Father in giving to each of us everlasting life through His death and resurrection. You may want to keep a list or even journal your way through this as I am.


After all it’s serious business, the fate of this fig tree. 


The lyrics below will serve as our method of measurement for this exercise: first of all, they beautifully spell out the role of Jesus in creation and – more importantly – in our individual lives; secondly, they have served as an unfailing compass guiding my obedience since I first heard them several years ago. I encourage you to print these lyrics out and make them a part of your daily praise during this series. Some of the lyrics are purposefully duplicated for impact.Above All (songwriters: Paul Joseph Baloche and Lenny LeBlanc)

Above all powers/Above all kings
Above all nature/And all created things
Above all wisdom/And all the ways of man
You were here
Before the world began.

Above all kingdoms/Above all thrones
Above all wonders/The world has ever known
Above all wealth/And treasures of the earth
There’s no way to measure
What You’re worth.

Crucified
Laid behind the stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all.

Crucified
Laid behind the stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all.

Crucified
Laid behind the stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all.

Like the rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all.