In the Eastern Christian tradition, union with God is the goal for everyone. It is God’s will for every Christian, and, through their preaching of the gospel, for every human being. The purpose of this earthly life is to be saturated with the life of Christ. Everything flows from that, every work of art and act of courageous witness, every theological insight and every effort to help the poor. The idea is that God will fill people with his Son’s life, and then they will accomplish his work in the world.
Frederica Mathewes-Green. The Jesus Prayer: The Ancient Desert Prayer that Tunes the Heart to God