Jesus' destruction of the fruitless fig tree in Matthew 21:19 was so immediate that it made me think. He didn't waste time on a useless junk tree. How many times have we held on to things thinking, this could come in handy some day, or maybe it could be useful? A lone fruitless tree could have been an ornamental tree or a shade tree in a hot Jerusalem summer, but not to Jesus. Its purpose was to bear fruit. It had none, so it was destroyed.
In a world of global nomads, most of us have moved house perhaps several times over. Isn't it a blessing to get rid of all the accumulated things crowding our lives! Isn't it wonderful to get out from under burdensome time commitments! Why do we allow our homes and our precious time to become so cluttered? Why wait? Why not just get rid of those things now, immediately, and be free from useless junk?