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A. W. Tozer:

A real Christian is an odd number, anyway.

He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen;

talks familiarly everyday to someone he cannot see;

expects to go to heaven on the virtue of another;

empties himself in order to be full;

admits he is wrong so he can be declared right;

goes down in order to get up;

is strongest when he is weakest;

richest when he is poorest;

happiest when he feels the worst.

He dies so he can live;

forsakes in order to have;

gives away so he can keep;

sees the invisible;

hears the inaudible;

and knows that which passeth knowledge.

—A. W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous (Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1955), 156.

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4 thoughts on “Why Real Christians Are So Odd”

  1. A W Tozer always has a way of getting right to the point. His books, “The Knowledge of the Holy” and “The Pursuit of God” have been on my shelf for thirty plus years. They never get old no matter how many times I read them.


  2. Jesus Cured My Alopecia says:

    Wonderful summary by Tozer. And how much odder must those traits seem in today’s world compared to the time of Jesus?

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