The Promise of Glory

Last night at Creeekstone’s Midweek for Men, Andy Woznicki shared a quote from C.S. Lewis’s essay, The Weight of Glory. In that essay, Lewis writes:

“In the end that Face which is the delight or the terror of the universe must be turned upon each of us either with one expression or with the other, either conferring glory inexpressible or inflicting shame that can never be cured or disguised. I read in a periodical the other day that the fundamental thing is how we think of God. By God himself, it is not! How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important. Indeed how we think of him is of no importance except insofar as it is related to how he thinks of us… The promise of glory is the promise almost incredible and only possible by the work of Christ, that some of us shall actually survive that examination… and find approval… to be loved by God not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father and his son.”

This is the promise of glory. It is God’s promise to me, not mine to him. I do not achieve glory; I receive it. It is all because of the work of Jesus for us, and is to be received with empty hands of faith as a gift of pure grace. Not merely to be pitied, but treasured. Yes, that is the promise of glory.