The Weight of Glory

Jack Roeda

READ : 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

This slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory . . . (v. 17)

Paul’s observation concerning “this slight momentary affliction” is clearly no reason to tell people their troubles are trivial and to get over it. Paul is not belittling our present pain. However, comparing this life’s trouble to the glory being prepared for us is like comparing the light of a candle to the bright radiance of ten thousand suns. So enormous is the future promised us in Christ that everything pales beside it.

We speak of people bearing the weight of the world. It’s a mostly negative image. Paul makes it positive: we’ll be weighed down by glory.

C. S. Lewis, in his sermon “The Weight of Glory,” writes that among other things glory means approval. Glory is the delight a child experiences when a parent praises her work as something “that is so beautiful.” Lewis says, “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 our thought can hardly
sustain.”

Nevertheless, this is our future, for this we are being prepared, even our suffering can be bent to serve this end.

PRAYER

O God, may the promise of sharing your glory keep us faithful today. Amen.