Deep Roots

Are you a rooted Christian? Are you pursuing a deep and abiding relationship with Christ? The helter-skelter frenzy that describes the life of many Christians fights against this. But the laws of living never change. There’s no fast track to good results.

The helter-skelter frenzy that describes the life of many Christians fights against this.

And so A. W. Tozer shares these helpful thoughts:

“One marked difference between the faith of our fathers as conceived by the fathers and the same faith as understood and lived by their children is that the fathers were concerned with the root of the matter, while their present-day descendants seem concerned only with the fruit. This appears in our attitude toward certain great Christian souls whose names are honored among the churches, as, for instance, Augustine and Bernard in earlier times, or Luther and Wesley in times more recent. Today we write the biographies of such as these and celebrate their fruit, but the tendency is to ignore the root out of which the fruit sprang.’The root of the righteous yieldeth fruit,’ said the wise man in the Proverbs (12: 12). Our fathers looked well to the root of the tree and were willing to wait with patience for the fruit to appear. We demand the fruit immediately even though the root may be weak and knobby or missing altogether. Impatient Christians today explain away the simple beliefs of the saints of other days and smile off their serious-minded approach to God and sacred things.

“There is no lasting life apart from the root. Much that passes for Christianity today is the brief, bright effort of the severed branch to bring forth its fruit in its season. But the deep laws of life are against it. Preoccupation with appearances and a corresponding neglect of the out-of-sight root of true spiritual life are prophetic signs which go unheeded. Immediate ‘results’ are all that matter, quick proofs of present success without a thought of next week or next year.

“The whole Bible and all the great saints of the past join to tell us the same thing. ‘Take nothing for granted,’ they say to us. ‘Go back to the grass roots. Open your hearts and search the Scriptures. Bear your cross, follow your Lord and pay no heed to the passing religious vogue.'”

A. W. Tozer. The Root of the Righteous (Kindle Locations 87-117). Moody Publishers.

Give close, daily attention to your relationship with Jesus Christ. Spend quiet time reading, studying and meditating upon Scripture. Follow this with personal interaction in prayer. Consciously depend on him throughout the day and make decisions that correspond to the principles of Scripture. Do the right thing the right way, and leave the results to God. There’s no other way to live.

BLESSED is the man That walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; And in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That bringeth forth his fruit in his season; His leaf also shall not wither; And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Psalm 1:1-3)

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:7-9)

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