There are some passages in scripture, that when you read them you think to yourself that it is kind of harsh or mean or unfair. Well this is one of those passages. At first glance (especially if you don’t read all of it) it seems as though God is being very harsh towards people. Paul writes about how some branches or people will be cut away. This meaning that they will be let go. Those who continuously choose unbelief and rebellion will eventually be cut loose to make room for others who truly desire to seek God and grow.
This truth shows that God is serious. We may view this as mean or over the line, but the truth is that (our culture especially) is not committed to much. God wants us in or out, because if we are halfway then we will prevent others from experiencing God. So this passage is showing that God is very serious about people having a way to Him. He will not stand for others hindering that. Just like a good gardener will prune a tree so that there can be more, stronger growth.
What I love is that Paul makes it clear that this does not mean that those who have been “pruned” will never be able to be part of the tree again. Just as God has the power to graft in gentiles and new people he can graft back in the one who has ran away and cut from the tree. The hope of course is that it does not come to that.
Are you committed to growing and being devoted to God?
Do you feel as though you have been cut from the tree or you are close to it?
If you said yes to the second, take this moment to confess and repent. Turn back to God and commit to following Him. Allow him to graft you back in.
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate