“And since Abraham and the other patriarchs were holy, their descendants will also be holy—just as the entire batch of dough is holy because the portion given as an offering is holy. For if the roots of the tree are holy, the branches will be, too.” – Romans 11:16
The word “Holy” means, “set apart, sacred, worthy of complete devotion.” The imagery of Romans 11 is an olive plant in an orchard. God planted it and tended it. Some of those branches stopped producing fruit, so God pruned those branches off. He also found olive branches from wild trees and grafted them into this olive plant. Unless you are of Jewish decent, the wild branches represent you being grafted into the tree. When God grafts us in, we receive our nourishment from God’s holy root. Paul described what Jesus explained to His disciples:
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned” (John 15:4-8 NLT).
How is our connection to Christ? Is our graft holding tight causing us to flourish and bear fruit? It’s hard to produce fruit and be healthy when there is not a connection to the main source of all nourishment, the root. Either way, you can depend on God to prune the things in your life that are diseased and sick. His pruning may hurt and be difficult, but when those parts are gone, you will begin to heal, grow, and flourish like God intends.