Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Weight of Glory

The weight of glory is a sermon by CS Lewis in 1942 and is about the glory that we are looking forward to in heaven. I enjoyed reading this essay because it made me look forward to the coming glory's of heaven. The essay really made me think about how every pleasure that happens here on earth is merely temporary, and cannot last. If we were to look and see that what we have in eternity, then we would see that the pleasures here on earth are nothing in comparison but are rather short lived. Lewis brings out a nice quote on the first page when he states; "We are half hearted creatures. fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased."

Lewis goes on to describe glory as us shining with brightness. We will be made creatures that will be in heaven perfect and without sin. We will be constantly singing the praises of God for eternity. We will be made new and therefore will sit at the right hand of God in righteousness and holiness.

Later on Lewis states that the promises of Scripture may very roughly be reduced to five heads, but then later asks the question "Why any of them except the first?" The first of course is that we shall be with Christ. Can anything be added to the conception of being with Christ? To which I would agree that nothing can be better than being with God and being on His side.

I liked how Lewis stated that there are many things in this life that may not seem as though they have anything to do with our eternal glory but he replies by saying that in some way or another they will lead us onto the final path which is heaven.

He talks about the divine accolade in which he quotes "Well done thou good and faithful servant." He follows up by saying that no one can enter heaven without a childlike reverence. We must have that childlike pleasure in being praised. He even goes as far as to say that not only like a child, but like a dog or a horse.

This was a great sermon by CS Lewis in which it allowed me to reflect on certain topics that do not usually come into my everyday thinking and forced me to think about different subjects involving anything from eternity to a childlike reverence for everything in the creation.

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