No Roots, No Fruits

By Their Fruit You Shall Judge Them, by Mark Ambrose

Hard words, Lord Christ! For what good fruits bear I?

For all your care and tending, what my yield?


You gave me to a garden well concealed


and watered me from fountains set on high;

you fertilized me with a wondrous food

and sent a Wind to strengthen and make straight.

How patiently you prune and pollinate

with an expert arborist’s solicitude.

And still my good works fall to earth unfinished,

my produce often stunted, bruised, or dented,

the rot upon my nature’s root augmented

by blights I brought and beauties I diminished.

God grant when I know others by their fruits,

I also recollect how weak their roots.

Fruits stem from roots.  Mission stems from conversion. Conversion begins with an encounter with Jesus, who is alive, through the Holy Spirit, who is power! But, it does not end there – it is a never-ending, lifelong process. The roots must entrench deeper and deeper. May we let God bury our roots beyond our sight into the only good soil: Himself. Then – and only then – will we, without doubt, bear fruit for the Kingdom.

Joey McCoy

Joey McCoy

Joey McCoy is the Assistant Director of i.d.9:16. He graduated from medical school in 2017, but felt Jesus pull him out of medicine to do full-time ministry. Joey's passion is to help people discover and embrace the most authentic ways of being "a people of God on the move" and how to live the way of life of Jesus in myriad contexts. Additionally, Joey is married, a father and enjoys the ocean, Michigan football, used bookstores and hunting for the finest espresso
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