Roots and Branches

15 Feb


Good Morning,

In this morning’s text continues Paul his discourse on how the Gentiles have become part of God’s family.  In the world where Paul lives this is the BIGGEST change that has ever occurred.  People are being added to God’s chosen people; not being born into the clan, but added to God’s plan.

So, the Divine roots has grown branches that needed to be pruned [this is very understandable for people who lived in grape growing regions].  And other “wild” branches were grafted in [the Gentiles].  The “wild” branches shouldn’t get prideful about being grafted in and the pruned ones always have the hope of reconnecting with the root.

That’s about it.

16-18 Behind and underneath all this there is a holy, God-planted, God-tended root. If the primary root of the tree is holy, there’s bound to be some holy fruit. Some of the tree’s branches were pruned and you wild olive shoots were grafted in. Yet the fact that you are now fed by that rich and holy root gives you no cause to crow over the pruned branches. Remember, you aren’t feeding the root; the root is feeding you.

19-20 It’s certainly possible to say, “Other branches were pruned so that I could be grafted in!” Well and good. But they were pruned because they were deadwood, no longer connected by belief and commitment to the root. The only reason you’re on the tree is because your graft “took” when you believed, and because you’re connected to that belief-nurturing root. So don’t get cocky and strut your branch. Be humbly mindful of the root that keeps you lithe and green.

21-22 If God didn’t think twice about taking pruning shears to the natural branches, why would he hesitate over you? He wouldn’t give it a second thought. Make sure you stay alert to these qualities of gentle kindness and ruthless severity that exist side by side in God—ruthless with the deadwood, gentle with the grafted shoot. But don’t presume on this gentleness. The moment you become deadwood, you’re out of there.

23-24 And don’t get to feeling superior to those pruned branches down on the ground. If they don’t persist in remaining deadwood, they could very well get grafted back in. God can do that. He can perform miracle grafts. Why, if he could graft you—branches cut from a tree out in the wild—into an orchard tree, he certainly isn’t going to have any trouble grafting branches back into the tree they grew from in the first place. Just be glad you’re in the tree, and hope for the best for the others.

I guess we were once “wild” branches, but it has been so long since we were grafted in, we act like we started the root.  Staying connected to the Divine root is the only hope for life and remembering it is the source of life and not we ourselves is the only source of sanity.




One Response to “Roots and Branches”

  1. Phyllis Terwilliger February 15, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    Sometimes I truly wonder how folks stay sane without a personal recognition of God in their lives.

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