“every one of us therefore ought to strive, and take pains, and be diligent in all virtues, and to believe, and to seek from the Lord that the inward man may be made partaker of that glory here and now, and that the soul may have fellowship in that sanctity of the Spirit. … For Christ will come down from heaven and raise up all the tribes of Adam, those who from their beginning have fallen asleep. …Those who bear His own sign, that is the seal of the Spirit, He will call to Him as His very own. … Then shall the bodies of these be arrayed with divine glory from their good works, and shall be full of the Glory of the Spirit, which they had in their souls even here.” ~St. Macarius the Egyptian
Strive for Glory
In almost all Earthly professions, we have to strive in order to achieve. You don’t become a great doctor by refusing to study. You don’t become a successful politician by refusing to campaign. Spiritual growth is no different. While we are trapped n the realm of matter, it’s laws apply to us most of the time. One such unwritten law is that we mast strive to accomplish. Yes, we can inherit wealth, but that is not really an accomplishment. To accomplish anything takes work. Awakening the spirit and soul takes work. And once they are awakened, it takes work to keep them “nourished” and growing.
Work doesn’t necessarily mean manual labor. Not that there is anything wrong with manual labor, it is good for us in many ways. The work needed for spiritual awakening and growth is more mental than physical. The only physical part of it is the need to gaze at the spiritual sun regularly to “feed” the spirit and soul with the spiritual energy that sun provides. The Glory comes more from mental work than from manual labor.
What is this Glory St. Macarius writes about, and why should we desire. There are many names for it. It may be called enlightenment, or Oneness with God. It may be called Gnosis or Divine Knowledge. Higher Consciousness is another way of saying the same thing. It is the Holy Ghost descending as a dove on the head of Jesus after He was baptized. The tongues of fire that appeared over the heads of some saints is the glory. It is truth, wisdom, and eternal life. Continue reading “Divine Glory of God’s Grace and Light”