Christian life is zeal…

Apollinary Vasnetsov's The City Area of 17th Century (no date)

Apollinary Vasnetsov’s The City Area of 17th Century (no date)

One can be numbered among the Christians, yet not be a Christian. Everyone knows this. There is a moment which stands out sharply in our life, the moment when the distinguishing features of the Christian life begin to be a part of him. Christian life is zeal: the strength to live in communion with God through our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, with the help of God’s grace, and through actively doing His holy will to the glory of His holy name.

The essence of the Christian life consists in communion with God in our Lord Jesus Christ. At first this communion is usually hidden not only from others, but also from oneself. It cannot be seen or sensed within us. It proves its presence simply by a fire of zeal to please God in a Christian way of utter selflessness, combined with a loathing for everything that opposes this.

~St Theophan the Recluse

About these ads

One thought on “Christian life is zeal…

thoughts? write 'em down!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s