Sooner or later we will encounter some borderline situation which will put us to trials and we will have to take a decision which will remain unchanged for eternity.
Such a decision was the reaction of the Angels who did not follow Lucifer but said:
`Let us stand aright; let us stand with fear `.
They remained faithful to God while the bad angels fell. Everything was decided once and for ever as this event took place in eternity; while for us who are creatures living in time everything is relative.
We are put to test for real only when we face death. If in that moment we decide to follow Christ without hesitation then our decision will remain for eternity and we shall receive as inheritance `an unshaken kingdom` as we read in the Epistle to the Hebrews. (Hebrews 12, 28).
Excerpt from The hidden man of the heart– Archimandrite Zachariah Zacharou.