Why did Jesus curse a fig tree that was fig-less when it was not the season for figs? What did the tree do that was wrong? It was not the season for figs. The tree was exactly as it should have been. Yet Jesus cursed the tree and it withered and died in short order. Why?
Our Lord obviously meant this as an object lesson of some sort.
Compare Jesus’ interaction with the fig tree to Paul’s admonition for Christians to be instant in season and out of season. This is obviously an important concept for God’s people to grasp and implement if we are to be effective in reaching people for Christ.
Instant in season and out…Be ready—for what? Be ready to give an answer to all who ask of the hope that is in us. This suggests, not just prayer, but preparation and study. Study to show thyself approved…and don’t forget to pray.