Care for Your Eternity
A human has one life, one soul. If he wins it, he wins
everything. And if he loses it, he loses everything… And the whole world is of no value compared to
it. Therefore, the Lord Christ said his eternal statement:
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?
Or what will a man give in
exchange for his soul?” (Mt
All what is in the world is
temporary and vanishing and
definitely will end after a while
regardless of its value. Definitely
the human will leave it when he
leaves this world. And how deep is
the statement said by the Virtuous
Job (Job 1:21):
“Naked I came from my
mother's womb, And naked
shall I return there.”
And may you chant with me
these two verse lines:
I came into the world naked
That I own no property or
And I will leave naked from all
What the mind gathered in
ignorance and owned
Therefore, the wise person
never cares the world’s temporary
temptations which will he definitely
leave. But he cares for permanent
eternals. And he puts in front of
his eyes the saying of St Paul the
“While we do not look at
the things which are seen, but
at the things which are not
seen. For the things which are
seen are temporary, but the
things which are not seen are
eternal.” (2 Co 4:18).
So which things are you
looking at? And what is it that is
making your heart busy?
What is it that is taking all your
interests and thinking, all your
heart feelings and all your time
energy and effort?
Care for your eternity my
brother and make it always in front
of your eyes.
Put in front of you the
frightful Judgment Day, the day
on which you stand before God
and all your works, thoughts
and secrets become revealed in
front of all.
What will be your state in this
hour? How will you feel? Will you
be able to run away or hide your
face in the day on which books will
be open and intentions, internals
and secrets will be revealed?
If you are forgetting any of
this, the church reminds you of
this truth in many of the daily
prayers: In the Retiring Prayer, in
the Veil Prayer and in Midnight
Prayers. And it points to this in the
last piece of the Sunset Prayer.
If you pray these prayers you
would have remembered.
In the Retiring Prayer we say:
“Behold, I am about to
stand before the Just Judge...”
Also “If life were everlasting,
and this world ever-existing, you
would have an excuse, O my soul.
But if your wicked deeds… were
exposed before the Just Judge,
what answer would you give…?”
Also saints’ life stories and
their sayings can remind you of
the eternal life:
Saint Arsanious the great, the
Teacher of Sons of Kings, said on
his death time: The fear or this
hour has been accompanying me
since I came into monasticism.
And one of the saints talked
about three things that scare him
that he puts before him and said:
I fear three things which
are: the time my soul leaves
my body, the time I stand
before the Pillar of the Just God
and the time the Judgment
comes on me.
So care for your eternity. And
put this in front of you in every
action you do, in every thought
crosses your mind and in every
feeling comes to your heart…
And remember this time on
which you will stand before God
and all people revealed.
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