v6 But if is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
v18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.
Paul is discussing a number of things in this Chapter but primarily how God hardened the hearts of Jews so the gospel could be spread to the Gentiles. He also discusses how grace was extended by God to those He chooses. And although God has extended grace to us, we should not become arrogant or self-righteous about being saved while others are not saved. Using the example of a branch, Paul reminds us that a branch is only kept alive by the root of the tree. Christ is our root and we are His branch. Without the root, the branch dies.
It is only through God’s grace and not by works that I am saved. There are no works that I can do can save me. There are no works that you can do to save you. There are no works we can do together to save us. There are no works a nation or a government can do to save us. Nothing but the grace given to us by God can save us. It is a gift He gives and we have to receive.
Often once a person has been given a gift, they forget how they came to get the gift and who gave them the gift. I need to be grateful every day and remember everyday of God’s grace. It is not something to be taken lightly or to be taken for granted. I am reminded of this when I see a new Christian get baptized. I am reminded of this when I speak with others and see the work they are doing for God. He has given us a gift. It is up to us to accept the gift and use the gift for His glory.
Thank you for the gift you have given me. Let me never forget who you are and what you have done for me.