In Matthew 21:18-22, Jesus taught the disciples the importance of growth. It is natural for us to desire growth, to want to improve. The Lord also expects us to be fruitful. I’m sure the disciples were challenged by what He said and what happened to the fig tree. His assurance in verse 22 must have motivated them and increased their faith. Let us not pursue growth outside His will for us. If our agenda excludes Him, we may end up learning some painful lessons.