If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Romans 11:17-21
As a wild olive shoot, we as Gentiles, were grafted into the vine. The key part of these verses is this: “the root supports you.” As we get nourishment from the sap of the root, we can thrive. When we stop getting nourishment from this root, it’s bad news for us. This means a daily connection with the root. Jesus said, “apart from me, you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) I tend to take that literally, as I’m sure many of you do as well.
But, like many of you too, we forget. In times of passion and in the heat of the battle, we forget. We forget how we got there. We forget who got us there. And we forget that in our pursuit for being right or wanting to make a name for ourselves that we are instruments of God.
The daily nourishment we get from Christ through the Holy Spirit gives us a good start, but we need more than that. Somehow we need to connect to Christ in such a way that we are able to think before we speak and act, and repent immediately when we are even the least bit off course. I admit it’s a bold challenge, but it’s certainly a worthwhile one.