Feast of Andrew the Apostle
If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
—Romans 11:17-18 (NIV)
There can be no end without means; and God furnishes no means that exempt us from the task and duty of joining our own best endeavors. The original stock, or wild olive tree, of our natural powers, was not given to us to be burnt or blighted, but to be grafted on.
... Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), The Friend: a series of essays, London: Gale & Curtis, 1812, p. 373 (see the book)
See also Rom. 11:17-21; Ps. 112:9; Eccl. 11:1-2,6; John 15:5; 2 Cor. 8:9; 9:8-10; Heb. 13:16
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, from You comes all Your people’s strength.
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