The spiritual life is a contest
The spiritual life is a contest, a struggle, a warfare and only those “who have struggled hard and competed well” will gain the victory of eternal life. “So while we are on earth, let us repent.” “While we have an opportunity to be healed, let us give ourselves over to God, the physician… How? By repenting with a sincere heart” “Let us do the will of the Father who called us, so that we may have life.”
The spiritual life is a process, it is one in which intent, desire, and continual striving play a necessary, existential role in the ongoing path to salvation.
Fr. Georges Florovsky