17 “And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches.
18 But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.”
Sometimes we become a little bit contented and boastful of God choosing us to be His people over many others. But looking behind, Weren’t we a wild olive???
Yes, we were…. Probably the ‘wildest of wild’ olive trees! ‘Wild’ one usually doesn’t have any rules, it grows and bears fruits as it like and the fruits may lack good taste to those who eat it. Everyone can relate some period of their life when they behaved ‘wild and distasteful’ to those around them. But God is working on us daily to impart the good properties into us.
In normal context of agricultural science, nobody grafts something ‘wild’ into a good tree. It always the reverse case where a good tree may be grafted into a wild one to add some good attributes to it. Now, it is indeed surprising that God has given us such a unique and special privilege.
Wild ———–> Good
Love of God
So why did God do that? Does God expect us to still keep some ‘wild’ qualities in us and impart it to the tree? Or are we supposed to change?
Scientifically speaking, grafting is a horticultural technique whereby tissues of plants are joined so as to continue their growth together. The success of this joining requires that the vascular tissue grow together. So we are joined to this good tree through the blood of Jesus Christ so that we may grow together with Him!
Standing at the top part of tree, there is a chance that we may feel contented at our selection. And Paul clearly reminds us through the sermon not to be arrogant and understand that it is the root supporting the grafted tree and not the vice versa. There is a root supporting us and we are not growing alone… Its only by God’s grace that we live! Its just that God had mercy on us, grafted us into His tree of eternal life and is helping us to grow daily…
All praise to God….
Let us be thankful to God the almighty for His mercy…