Sunday, January 15, 2017
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 RSV)
Being a human is certainly a challenge. Being a Christian is yet even more daunting. But being an Orthodox Christian is the ultimate in demanding. God’s work is to be accomplished among us both individually and as a group, the Church. Each of us seeks to return to the state in which human beings were created. We have been endowed with the God-like image of Christ and have full potential to make that return. As well, our work is not limited to what we try to do for ourselves, but what we can accomplish as partners with God for all of His creation.
Speaking in classical stewardship terms, for example, God has not only required of us to give a portion of what we consider ours (the tithe?), He requires of us that all we have be used to His glory. “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:15 RSV). Consider the implications: there must be no waste of His goods on unnecessary luxuries; there is to be no waste of His goods on pride (like in dress, or the latest electronics, or the best luxury automobile). Read more...