Really, what does it mean to be a “Christian”? What does the property of Christian that each of us acquire from the moment of our baptism mean? Or even what does the confession “I am a Christian” cost?
- A Christian is he who believes in the Savior Christ, in Him who gave us the redemption from the bonds of death and the opportunity to become a heir of eternal life.
- A Christian is he who follows the example of Jesus’ holy life.
- A Christian is he who wants, expects and intends to follow in the footsteps of the Apostles to the ends of Earth in any manner and at any cost.
“There’s nothing more miserable than a Christian who doesn’t care to save others. Everyone can benefit his neighbor, if he wants to fulfill his duties. Don’t tell me it is impossible to motivate others. For, if you are a Christian, it is impossible not to happen. This is in the nature of being Christian. It is easier for the sun not to heat than to the Christian not to illuminate. A Christian’s light cannot go unnoticed.”The Christian feels that just like Paul “death works in us, but life in you” (2 Cor. 4:12), because he loves both the brothers and the infidels. It is he who, embracing the truth that “we have no benefit from being called Christians, if our works are not in accordance with our name” (John Chrysostom), offers himself as a sacrifice ministering to the people, while in them he serves God Himself. “A Christian”, according to the holy father, “endures sorrows, but doesn’t want others to suffer.”
Finally, we would like once more to express our thankfulness to our brothers from the USA and from Florina for the financial support; their hearts are burning for the missionary and charitable work among the nations. May God richly repay them with His grace and blessing.