This account of Jesus cursing the fig tree reminds me of the one-talent servant, in the parable of the talents, where he is told ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away’ (Matthew 25v29).
Just like the fig tree, the one-talent servant was fruitless. He was given the equivalent of 16yrs salary, but was so afraid of failing that he chose to do nothing with what he was given. Instead he hid the money, and when the master returned, he gave back the single talent without any fruit from the seed that was sown.
God has placed within you everything you need in order to accomplish that which he has called you to be, but it is up to you to do something with the potential you hold. There are many people in this world who, like the fig tree, are full of leaves. They look like they are doing great, they are attractive and people are drawn to them, but when you look closely you realise they do not bear any fruit. It’s these people that God despises (Revelation 3v16), and just like the fig tree that withered, these people are cast aside.
Jesus doesn’t leave the disciples with this vision of a plant that is cursed just because it lacked fruit. He encourages His disciples that if they truly believed, and did not doubt, then by faith they can move mountains into the sea. And so too can you. You do not have to be fruitless. By faith, you can take hold of the potential within you, and like the other two servants mentioned in Jesus’ parable, you can give back to the master twice what you were given, and hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”.