The Shadow of Blessing & Brimstone#

Born into a now safer Christian world* (around 345 AD) Abba Evagrius was a well-educated monk who wrote about the spiritual life.

He penned:

Keep in mind the remembrance of these two realities, the eternal blessings and the eternal brimstones that your heart may not be stolen, your eyes not wander, nor your feet carry you away from our Lord's presence.

Keep the day of resurrection and of presentation to God in mind. 

Imagine the fearful and terrible judgement.

Weep for the judgement of sinners, but rejoice and be glad for the lot of the righteous.

Consider the fate kept for sinners, their shame and guilt before the face of God; the punishments, the eternal fire, worms that rest not, the darkness, the gnashing of teeth, the fear and the unending supplications.

Consider too the good things in store for the righteous; confidence in the face of God the Father and His Son, the angels and all the archangels and all the saints, the kingdom of heaven, the gifts of that realm, the joy and the unending blessings.#

The visitation of judgement is as certain as the sun rising, or the day of death.

Live this day in the shadow of both realities, for they will protect you; lest you forget that today's decisions, words and actions echo in eternity.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13)

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"The volume of knowledge does not equate to the depth of faith." ~ Michael Cartwright

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*Roman Emperor Constantine moved Christianity to being both tolerated and legal in 313 AD

#Benedicta Ward (translator), The Sayings of the Desert Fathers ~ (Kentucky Cistercian Publications, 1984), 63-64 with SoulSupply edits.