When Jesus cursed the fig tree in Mark 11:12-14, the same words could have been applied to the nation of Israel. Just like the tree, which had the appearance of being fruitful, Israel was spiritually barren. We must always reflect on our own lives and strive for more than the appearance of having our lives all together. Appearances can be deceiving, but God knows our heart. Being honest with ourselves is as important as being honest with others and especially God.