St John Climacus: Are You a True Servant of God?

Feast of the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia

John_Climacus_Square.jpgOur God and King is good, transcendently good and all-good. Of the rational beings created by Him and honored with the dignity of free-will, some are His friends, others are His true servants, some are worthless, some are completely estranged from God, and others, though feeble creatures, are His opponents. By friends of God, we mean those noetic and incorporeal beings which surround God. By true servants of God we mean all those who tirelessly and unremittingly do and have done His will. By worthless servants we mean those who think of themselves as having been granted baptism, but have not faithfully kept the vows made to God. By those estranged from God and alienated from Him, we mean those who are unbelievers or heretics. Finally, the enemies of god are those who have not only evaded and rejected the Lord's commandments themselves, but who also wage bitter war on those who are fulfilling it.

—St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent

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