I recently started reading CS Lewis’ The Weight of Glory. It’s one of those books that is so widely quoted that you feel like you’ve read most of it just through FB posts. The reality: the first chapter alone had me underlining like mad! It’s all worth quoting!
One concept that Lewis mines is this idea of glory. That we, in Christ, possess a glory not our own, but as a reflection of Glory. This is where he makes the statement that
“To please God… to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness… to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son- it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is.”
Then came the question: what if we really believed this? How would it change the way we interact with people? How would it impact our insecurities and fears – if we really believed this to be true that this glory is given to impact the world (and the people) around us? The NT writers, I think, had a term for this kind of living. They called it “living by the Spirit.”
This got me thinking about walking in the Spirit and living out-loud the very fruit of that Spirit – not in reaction to the world, but as a force in the world – a “glory” that my life was meant to embody. Deep thoughts, I know…but think about it this way: what does it look like…
…walks into the room?
I think we’re so used to seeing these these as reactions to the stuff that happens in our world (God giving us these things so we can handle/survive our world), instead of a glory that we are called to carry into the world.
Again, what does it look like when love walks into the room?
It doesn’t depend on what’s already in the room. Love just is. Joy has a force all its own. Peace is a presence we bring with us. Patience is exuded. Kindness is palpable. Goodness, too. Faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…these are first-cause pieces of “glory” that Jesus has given his artwork.
So what does it look like when YOU walk in to the room?