I fell in love with C.S. Lewis’ book “Weight of Glory” because of a quote used by Eldridge from “Sacred Romance”.
C.S. Lewis dissected what “weight of glory” encapsulated because it is something we tend to gloss over- what that phrase really means. Tonight, as I was doing my devotion, I reread where that phrase came from. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says,
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
You have to stop, collaborate, and listen…I mean, “weight of glory”….who uses that? Who says that? What is that glory and how much does it truly weigh? And it’s eternal! Beyond comparison! Even when we think of the best thing in this life, with whatever emotion is driven out of us because of overwhelming beauty, whether through art, music, someone we love, an ideal, a book, an archetypal theme of overcoming, nothing compares to that weight of glory. So what is it that we don’t yet have, but is worth any unimaginable turmoil we face?
I believe it is found in 2 Corinthians 3:18.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
That weight of glory, is our eternal reward to be in the absolute face to face presence and glory of the Lord. As we are on this earth, we ARE BEING transformed, connoting that transformation is already in effect. And one day, we will have the same image sharing in that glory with Jesus Christ our Lord. If we could even understand what that could possibly mean, without reservation, limitation of our human condition and/or experience, maybe, just maybe, we could break apart our brokenness and surrender that even all this “momentary affliction” is indeed preparing us.
I know that idea seems simple on paper. Ideas usually are, but there is also an inherent part of us that are made to go through that fire and come out refined. We’ve seen throughout history, that we are designed with stronger mettle, forged knowingly that this world will not let us go unscathed. There is only One designer who has formed us so rightly so, through His strength alone and promise for what is yet to come.