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Let God be your reward

Saint Nicodemus from Mount Athos holds a very important place among the Teachers of our Nation. With a face similar to the ones from the Bible, with an ascetic nature, multi talented, plethoric in his writings – he left us about 100 writings, in which the wisdom of our Holy Fathers is contained, and with a traditional background of an era where the West rationalism blew menacingly over the Greeks.

Man was made by God

God made you and only you from nothing, from zero. And He loved his creature so much that he didn’t make anything else, just man.

Man was made for the glory of God

Everything you do must be done for the glory of God. Then, even petty works become much more important, then the humble virtues become higher. Otherwise, if you don’t do them for His glory, you will soon or later see your works turn into vain acts and things, like the knife that isn’t blunt and cannot be of use, like the wrong key that cannot open the door, like the clock that doesn’t show the hour properly. All useless and in vain.

If you don’t give now, at present life, a willing glory to God with your works, you will feel these works like a fire to burn you upon the Judgement day.

Man was made to be with God eternally

Like the incense that you burn in censer for the glory of God, and this can be your reward. But God wants to be that reward Himself, if you work properly on all your virtues. God himself wants to be your crown. And as the only and eternal saviour that he is, he and only he could rest and fill your immeasurable desire in your heart.

Therefore, deducts the Saint, what’s the use if you win fame and glory in your country if you lose at the very end the Heavenly Kingdom? Like a big stone that falls from a very high place with great speed and smashes everything in its path, do likewise. Crush everything that keeps you from winning the Heavenly Kingdom.

Περιοδικό "Η Δράσις μας" Τεύχος 470, Ι0ΥΝΙ0Σ-Ι0ΥΛΙ0Σ 2009.
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