“For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.” Romans 11:21
The Israelites were the first people who God had chosen. He chose to reveal Himself and His Law through them. Later God also provided salvation for them and the rest of the world through Jesus, who was an Israelite. Yet, as much as God had chosen the Israelites, He also rejected them and allowed them to be destroyed as a nation and go into captivity for a time.
In Paul’s illustration he shows the Israelites as the natural branch of the vine. Jesus is the root of the vine. All believers in God and Jesus are the branches of the vine. God had cut off the Israelite branches because they had rejected Him and later rejected Jesus. With this in mind he gives a stern warning to all believers today. If God was willing to cut off the natural branches, how much more likely will He cut off a non-natural branch that has been grafted in?
It is not that God is an angry, vengeful God who is out to kill and destroy you. He is a God of love, grace, and mercy. He wants to save everyone. If He did not want to do that, He would not have sent Jesus to die on the cross for all people.
Jesus wants to save you and everyone else. Yet, if a person chooses to reject Him, or refuses to live according to His ways, He will reject that person.
In Paul’s time, some Gentiles were seeing themselves as better than the Jews since the Jews had rejected Jesus. Even today this still happens at times. Part of the reason Adolf Hitler chose to kill the Jews was because they had killed Jesus. He saw himself as better than them. Be careful, God can reject you also.
Do not stand in proud and arrogance about being saved. You are saved only by the grace of God. You are grafted into the vine and are not a natural part of God’s vine.
Just as easily as God grafted you in, He can cut you out.
Are you living for God? Or are you living for yourself?
Who are you serving? Yourself? Or God?
Be a part of God’s vine and be what He wants you to be–just like Jesus.
I pray today that you will know the grace Jesus has for you; that you will not see yourself as better than a sinner; that you will live according to God’s plan for your life; that you will be a branch in God’s vine; and that God will use you to draw others to Jesus.