Synaxis of the Twelve Holy Apostles
IF ANYONE serves Me, let him follow Me,” said the Lord. Every Christian, through the oaths given at holy baptism, takes upon himself the responsibility of being a slave and servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Every Christian absolutely must follow the Lord Jesus Christ.
Having called Himself the shepherd of the sheep, the Lord said that “the sheep hear his voice, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.” The voice of Christ is His teaching; the voice of Christ is the Gospel; following after Christ’s earthly wanderings means completely following His commandments.
In order to follow Christ, one must know His voice. Study the Gospels, and through your life you will be able to emulate Christ.
Whoever is born in the flesh and receives regeneration in holy baptism, and then preserves the purity he has received in baptism with the help of a life according to the Gospels, will be saved. He will “go in” to a God-pleasing life on earth through a spiritual rebirth, and he will go “out” from this world in a blessed death, and in eternity he will “find” an eternal, expansive, sweet, spiritual “pasture.”
~St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, The Field
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