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Grafted in.

Romans 11:17-24 (Contemporary English Version)

17 You Gentiles are like branches of a wild olive tree that were made to be part of a cultivated olive tree. You have taken the place of some branches that were cut away from it. And because of this, you enjoy the blessings that come from being part of that cultivated tree. 18 But don’t think you are better than the branches that were cut away. Just remember that you are not supporting the roots of that tree. Its roots are supporting you.

19 Maybe you think those branches were cut away, so that you could be put in their place. 20 That’s true enough. But they were cut away because they did not have faith, and you are where you are because you do have faith. So don’t be proud, but be afraid. 21 If God cut away those natural branches, couldn’t he do the same to you?

22 Now you see both how kind and how hard God can be. He was hard on those who fell, but he was kind to you. And he will keep on being kind to you, if you keep on trusting in his kindness. Otherwise, you will be cut away too.

23 If those other branches will start having faith, they will be made a part of that tree again. God has the power to put them back. 24 After all, it wasn’t natural for branches to be cut from a wild olive tree and to be made part of a cultivated olive tree. So it is much more likely that God will join the natural branches back to the cultivated olive tree.

I have so very many thoughts when I read these verses that I don’t really know where to start so this may be a “stream of consciousness” type post; which effectively means really organized bunny trails! 🙂

A wild olive tree vs. A cultivated olive tree …

Wild trees grow wherever they can. Anywhere the soil is deep enough to contain the roots that will eventually form and stabilize the trunk of a full grown tree. A wild tree has to fight with other vegetation in order to grow strong enough to survive. And it doesn’t care where it grows as long as it can.

Cultivated trees are spoiled. From the beginning they have enough soil, optimal sunlight, pruning, water, etc. Everything is bountiful. All their needs are met.

Wow. Who wouldn’t want to be part of the cultivated tree?! Who wouldn’t want to be part of God’s family?! To have all of your needs met. To not have to fight or wonder or fret where necessities like food and water are coming from. Why would you even consider another way?!


Worth.

When I was 16 I spent a month, with a ministry team, travelling to various parts of Mexico. From Mexico City to the teeniest, most remote mountain villages. In that time there were many things that stuck out to me, both from our preparation time prior to the trip and in our time actually spent in ministry. One of the most important things I learned was not to ask how much something costs but to ask how much it is worth.

I makes me wonder about us, as humans. How much do we value ourselves? And are we doing ourselves justice or are we just settling for what we think might be our best offer? Or our last offer? Not just that, but how much stock do we put in other people’s opinion of ourselves when God’s opinion of us is the only one that truly matters?

Several months ago I made this statement my status update on Facebook, “Having high standards doesn’t mean being high-maintenance. It means I know my worth.”. Many of my friends put that in the “dating” box but reality is that’s it’s true in every aspect of life.
Do you know what you’re worth?
God does.
You are worth so much to God that he sacrificed HIS ONLY SON so that your life might be spared from the perils of Hell.
Think about that for a minute. Could you sacrifice your child to save someone else’s life? I have two sons and there is no way I could choose one over the other. Nor could I let go of one to save someone else. But God did. Because He loves you that much.
The story of Abraham and Isaac in the Bible (Genesis 22) where God told Abraham to sacrifice  Isaac to him as if he were a lamb. Abraham loved and trusted God so much that he didn’t argue. They got their stuff together and set out on their journey. Every time Isaac asked where the lamb for their sacrifice Abraham replied, “God will provide one”. Jehova Jireh. God my provider. Abraham got as far as getting Isaac laid out on the altar and ready to kill him when God stopped him and gave a ram for sacrificed instead. Abraham never doubted God would provide as long as he followed God’s plan.
God loves us so much that He allowed His son to be beaten and nailed to a cross so that we might live an everlasting life.

Listening.

God talks to me in the oddest places. Well, I think they’re odd but when I sit down and think about where I am when He speaks I realize that it’s when I’m in places where I have no distractions and can truly listen to what He’s saying.

It hit me really hard tonight what God did for us in letting His only Son die on a cross. For us. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always known what He did but tonight I saw it through the eyes of a mom. Again. Yes, I’ve seen it through parental eyes before but tonight was different.

God willingly let His Son go. Willingly. I have a hard time letting my oldest son walk through the grocery store beside me without holding my hand. God let His Son die.

The scenario that ran through my head tonight was me at work getting a phone call that there had been an accident and that I needed to go to the morgue – not the hospital. Man, that’s a kick in the gut.

Then it hit me.

God did that for us. No one took His Son from Him. He let go.

I’m so glad I don’t have to be that strong and that I can lean on Him for strength.


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