The Lord showed me two baskets of figs placed in front of the temple of the Lord. One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basked had very bad figs, so bad they could not be eaten.
The Lord was showing Jeremiah the two kinds of people in this world, those who stand for God and those who do not. There is no middle ground with God. God says to the luke warm I will spit you out. You cannot have it both ways, sinning and serving the flesh and serving God, you have to choose one or the other.
I know this feeling from my own daily struggles. I cannot sit and say I love the Lord and speak hate against people. I cannot sit and say I serve the Lord, while fulfilling the flesh. The two do not mix. If we serve God we must die to the self and if I serve self, I have no place with God. What is it that I want to do in my life. If I serve the flesh I am the rotten figs that have no place and no purpose.
You see, those who are not found in Jesus have no purpose in this life. If you claim to be an atheist, you claim to have no hope or reason for being. Sure, you can say, it is to leave the world better or to make man kind better, but why? What is the reason or purpose, if I don’t have a supreme and unwavering authority that gives me direction, then I must only live for myself and then die. There is no other purpose.
However, there is good news! Those who come to Jesus and are found in Him have purpose. They have a higher authority on which to rely for what is good and what is evil. They have a God that will guide them into peace and joy beyond their understanding. It comes from having purpose. Now this does not mean perfection, but it does mean redemption.
So, today, this about what fig you want to be. Do you want to be the ripe fig that has a purpose and a purpose giver or do you want to be the rotten fig with no purpose and no direction in life? Personally, I choose the former because it brings peace and joy to the one who comes to Him. May God be the light and direction in your life today through Christ our Savior.