S (Scripture): Romans 11:16 But if part of a batch of dough is offered to God as holy, the whole batch of dough is holy too. If a root is holy, the branches will be holy too. 17 If some of the branches were broken off, and you were a wild olive branch, and you were grafted in among the other branches and shared the root that produces the rich oil of the olive tree, 18 then don’t brag like you’re better than the other branches. If you do brag, be careful: it’s not you that sustains the root, but it’s the root that sustains you.
O (Observation): Paul speaks to Gentile Christians in a way that assured them that they, too (in addition to the Jewish Christians), received salvation in full. Any who believe in Christ are saved.
At the same time, they should not boast of their salvation as if they earned it for themselves. They are a branch grafted into salvation. The root sustains the branch.
A (Application): How many of us think we sustain ourselves? Don’t we just need to dig down deep inside ourselves to feel happy? To feel like we are enough?
I struggle with self-worth. To what is my identity tied?
Here are some suggestions of the “root” that Paul mentions…which point to my (and your) self-worth:
- Child of God
- Seal of the Holy Spirit on my forehead in my baptism.
- Candle to remind me to shine God’s light before others
- Luke 15 – the older brother (“everything I have is yours”)
In what ways do you sense your identity for the good?
P (Prayer): God, remind me that I am yours…and that is enough…for you are Good! Amen.