I’m ready to dive in here, so here we go. . .This post is dedicated to Frank and Gaye. They are friends that carry the weight of God’s Glory is our hearts. The weight of God’s Glory through their friendship is in things like: integrity, faithfulness, service, consistency, goodness, humor, thoughtfulness and depth. . .To name a few. We love you both like family!
Frank sent me an incredible picture, I want to share with you. . .but the picture comes at the end this time because I hope to have a conversation with you about the concept of the weight of GLORY that will challenge BOTH of us. Get a strong cup of coffee, and let’s expand our territory of Kingdom ponderings.
“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
I love C.S. Lewis. I love his depth and his Kingdom perspective (although I’ve not read he calls it that!). What I hear in that quote is that we can perceive the Glory, but we cannot enter it. We cannot yet, become part of it, but it calls us. I’m going to cut right to the point here (good friends can do that right?). I think our scales of life are off balance? We carry, we experience, we know the weight of our circumstances or our struggles or our challenges. They weigh us down. But when it comes to God’s Glory. . .Does it carry weight with us? Do we allow the scales of our perspectives to tip as the Glory weighs into how we experience God’s goodness? Speaking for myself, I weigh in with worries about Bucky and my girls, my health with ALS, friendship issues, loss of “ministry” and I drag that weight around. (On a funny note, I weigh in at ALS clinic at over 500 pounds cause my “Big Boy” wheel chair weighs 400 pounds!) We do not understand Kingdom weight and so we look upon Glory in a smile, in a painting, in a church, in a sunset and we appreciate the beauty. The appreciation is often “light” and momentary and we do not receive it in a way that changes us. It passes by without “weighing in” with our sense of who God is. . .Step it up. . .Do we experience it beyond beauty as God’s Glory? Step it up. . .Do we receive the Kingdom weight of it as HIS Glory? Step it up. . .Do we embrace the Glory as intimately ours? One more step up. . .Do we allow a depth of reception to move us into a dynamic that weighs us down in humility to our knees into reverent Worship?
It’s a Kingdom shift God is after in us. A shift from taking ourselves with a weight (we are not meant to carry) to taking His Glory with a weight that moves us more toward the spiritual being God created. I believe the weight of Glory experience, in my opinion. . .is more of a reality than any circumstance. The weight of Glory and our ability to receive it prepares us for our heavenly destiny. A very practical application here is this. . .How do you receive God’s Gifts of Glory. . .As a feather in the wind or a bowling ball?
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teihard de Chardin
I love sunsets. I love the soft closing of the day, the sense of a day well played out, cuddle time and tuck ins are on their way and I’ve earned a good night’s rest. The following glorious sunset is one of the pictures Frank shared yesterday via text message. Looking at it, on my tiny patch of cell phone screen, I thought, God, I cannot receive this, the gift weighs in with Glory beyond my capacity. I knew, I would have to spend some prayer time moving some heart things around to receive even a portion of this sunset offering. That is Lewis’ point perhaps, or one of them. . .Glory, challenges us to receive the weight of it in such a way that it shifts the balance of things in our life. Most of us are going to have to do some rearranging to make room for this kind of weight in our lives. Move more of ourselves out. . .to move more of God in. . .
And when we step it up. . .God willing. . .we will one day enter into that Glory of that sunset and become one with it’s Glory filled display at the Hand of His brush and canvas of creation. One last word about offerings of Glory. They are intensely intimate. . .This is Frank’s sunset. God knew he “needed” it. God was waiting to see if the Glory would weigh in with his heart?! Well, it did and he shared it with me, and now you have it too. Glory is meant to be shared. In sharing, Frank allows us a sneak peek into God’s gift to him at the beach, The Grand Hotel, Fairhope, Alabama. He captured the canvas of God’s Glory. Future sunsets will have different strokes and colors to capture Frank’s heart but this one is for the Gift of Glory moment it was. . .until the next one comes along. . .We cannot yet, enter, but may we challenge each other to receive the weight of the Glory from the Hands of a Generous God. Gifts that offer Glory calling us to reach beyond ourselves and our circumstances into Glory that prepares us to enter and become one with His perfected creations.
Tip the scales of your life with the Weight of God’s Glory today. . .the offerings are heavy, golden nuggets mined just for you. God is waiting and watching to see if you receive them into the weight of Who you know Him to be in your life. It will make a Kingdom of difference in who you are in Christ, in how you live your life and in what you share of God’s Glory offerings. Thank you Frank, for sharing your weight of Glory moment with us. 🙂 In the sharing, My experience of God’s Glory is magnified.