The Fellowship of the Fig Tree
“… before Phillip called you I saw you under the fig tree.” (John 1: 48)
When Jesus was recruiting the apostles He had a very interesting exchange with the one who was to become the Apostle Nathaniel. Nathaniel apparently had the regular practice of having times of intimate fellowship with God under a fig tree. When he met Jesus for the first time Jesus affirmed him as a Jew in whom there was no guile. When Nathaniel exclaimed, “How do you know me?” Jesus said in so many words “I’m the One you’ve been talking to under the fig tree!” That really blew Nathaniel away and he was convinced forever that Jesus was the Son of God and many other things. (The whole story can be found in John 1:47-51).
I find a challenge in this exchange between Jesus and his apostle. The challenge is simply this: do we have a fig tree or a place where we regularly meet with God and have intimate fellowship with Him? You might call this, as I have, “The Fellowship of the Fig Tree.”
Years ago I gave a devotional to several hundred men on this concept. One of them, who became a dear brother, was in the furniture business. He was Jewish and gave me a beautiful artificial fig tree, placing it in my home where I had my quiet times with God every morning. He wanted me to have my intimate times with God under a fig tree. That was nearly 40 years ago. It is still here in our home today.
Do you belong to the Fellowship of the Fig Tree? Do you have a place where you meet with God every day?