Friday, January 19, 2024

Singh: grafted onto Christ

Friday, January 19, 2024
    Commemoration of Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095
    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)
    It is only by being grafted into Christ that we produce good fruit. Other religions say, “Do good and you will become good.” Christianity says, “Be in Christ, and you will do good.” The meaning of the Atonement and the Blood that washes away our sins is that we are grafted into Christ, I in Him, and He in me. It is a bitter sprig which is grafted into the tree, but, once it is grafted in, the sweet juice of the tree flows through the bitter sprig and makes it sweet.
    ... Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929), The Message of Sadhu Sundar Singh, B. H. Streeter & A. J. Appasamy, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1922, p. 49 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 11:17-18; Ps. 51:7; Matt. 7:17-20; 12:33; Luke 6:43-45; John 15:5; 1 Cor. 6:11; Tit. 3:4-5; Heb. 10:19-22; Rev. 7:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your goodness flows into Your people.
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