Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Weight of Glory

In C.S. Lewis' essay, "The Weight of Glory", he discusses the importance of living a virtuous life. Today, unselfishness has become the highest held virtue in our society, however, did Jesus not say that the greatest was love? This is where our problem is rooted. Humans, today, are more concerned with self admiration and pursuing ways to achieve happiness for one's self. Although it is true that humans are more magnificent than all other creation because we were created in God's image, we need to be careful when we strive to find glory.

In ancient Greece, warriors would search for the ultimate glory as dying for their country. Even though we know that what those warriors were no doubt heroic and showed great feats of bravery, we also know that they did not achieve any eternal glory. Why is it then that athletes, movie stars, and artists in today's society strive for that same "glory"? Have we not come to understand that the only way to achieve eternal glory is through Jesus Christ, our redeemer?

This is the duty of the church: to go and be fishers of men. We have been called by Jesus to show those around us that true glory is found in God, and that through His grace, we are able to live in eternal glory with Him. We must use God as our motivation for finding glory, and we must help to bring others to glory. For if love were still the greatest virtue, we would love our fellow brothers and sisters in humanity so much as to ensure that they would be in heaven one day. That is why love goes one step further than unselfishness; we reach out and bring others to glory.

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