The encounter with God does not come to man in order that he many henceforth attend to God, but in order that he may prove its meaning in action in the world.

Just as every encounter with nature and with man leads us to the encounter with God, Buber here tells us that the purpose of our encounter with God is to lead us back to encounter with all the world. The man who has encountered God does not go on to spend all his time contemplating the mysteries of divinity like some monk or holy hermit. Rather, the holy man, the man who has encountered God, lives out that encounter by loving the entire world, and feeling a responsibility for everyone and everything in the world. The holy man is a man of action and is fully engaged in the world.