Scripture: 2 Samuel 1, Psalm 140, Matthew 13

Matthew 13:43 Then God’s people will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom.  Listen, then, if you have ears!

Observation/application

One day, we will shine like the sun in our Father’s Kingdom.  We will be creatures of such splendor that it will take your breath away and blind you!  Our destiny is something so much more glorious and beautiful than we can imagine.

Jesus promised eternal life, life to the full.  Here it is pictured as a shining as bright as the sun.  This is where we’re headed.  Don’t lose that picture.  Let it motivate you and keep you focused in the hard times.  And keep that picture in mind as you deal with people.  Right now, it seems they are made of mud; don’t forget that one day they will shine like the sun!

Here is how C.S. Lewis put it.

“It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor.

The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor’s glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.

All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations.

It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.

There are no ordinary people.

You have never talked to a mere mortal.

Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.

But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.

This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn.

We must play.

But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously—no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.

And our charity must be real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner—no mere tolerance or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment.

Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”

The Weight of Glory (HarperOne, 2001), pp. 45-46.

Prayer: Lord, help me see my future and my neighbor clearly, and live accordingly!