Thursday, September 3, 2009

Don't Be on the Outside Looking In

“He will lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” (Matthew 21.41)

With the above warning Christ encourages us to be vigilant in the Faith that has been given to us by the Lord. The “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) has remained unchanged by the Church since the time of Christ. We live in a world that elevates selfishness and individualism above the Law of God which is “justice and mercy and faith.” (Matthew 25.23) Saint Paul urges, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12.2)

As Orthodox Christians it is our goal in life to live in constant communion with God. When we live in communion with God our life becomes transfigured and the world will know that we are disciples of Jesus Christ who IS God, one of the Holy Trinity. When we allow the laws of the world to dictate our actions rather than the Law of God, we betray God. Saint Paul teaches: “For if God did not spare the natural branches [Jews], He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell [Jews], severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” (Romans 11.21-22)

The warning of Christ is clear. We must bear fruit in our Faith or God will find others “who will render to Him the fruits in their seasons,” and we will find ourselves outside the Gates of Heaven looking in.

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