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“More Concern Today for Fruit Than for the Root”
by A. W. Tozer   
June 29th, 2014

The root of the righteous shall not be moved. Proverbs 12:3
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-d
ay descendants seem concerned only with the fruit.

Today we write the biographies of the Augustines, the Luthers and the Wesleys and celebrate their fruit, but the tenden
cy is to ignore the root out of which the fruit sprang.
“The root of the righteous yielded fruit,” said the wise man in the Proverbs. 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. How can we ig
nore the fact that the bough that breaks off from the tree in a storm may bloom briefly, giving the impression that it is a h
ealthy and fruitful branch, but its tender blossoms will soon perish and the bough itself will wither and die? There is no la
sting 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 r
oot of the true spiritual life are prophetic signs which go unheeded.
A.W. Tozer

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