I can see why people who work with plants, like it so much. There are so many parallels. I love that. Helps me to bring biblical principals to life so that they are more than words. Know what I mean?
There are so many correlations between Christianity and the grafting process.
Did you know that the cutting of both the scion and the rootstock is paramount if actual grafting is going to take place? How does that relate to anything beyond plant life?
How does that relate to Christianity?
Jesus is the "vine" that we "branches" must be grafted into. His "cut" went deep when He died on the cross for us.
And what about our cut? Do we have one? What is it?
In the grafting process, as I mentioned earlier, both the vine and the branch must be cut before they are grafted together. Jesus's cut is represented by His death.
Could it be that our "cut" takes place when we die to ourselves?
That's a possibility. I'd like to hear what you think.
All I know for sure is that cuts from both sources need to exist in order for necessary nutrients to flow from the vine to the branch. I'm no scientist, but commonsense tells me that nutrients from the sap of the vine won't be able to flow into the branch if the branch is not open to receive the new life.
We were open to Christ when we first became Christians. Are we still open to Him?
Speaking for myself, I have to admit that I - more often than I would care to admit - take for granted that Jesus loves me and even died that I might live.
But am I willing to die to myself, so that Christ can live freely through me?
Am I willing to make the cut?