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Love and Glory

A friend was telling me one day that he doesn’t feel much, that it’s hard for him to feel emotions… except for when it comes to glory. I questioned him about it, and he said that he only really weeps when God’s glory is revealed to him. His eyes got this far-away look as he started describing what it must be like in Heaven, comparing it to a football stadium cheer times a thousand, except they are crying, “Holy! Holy! Holy!”

This, I thought, was rare for a person. It was for me an example of what I like to call an “eternal mindset.” People like my friend can meditate on Heaven and get to a point where their hearts start racing with the “expectation of things not seen.” In this particular instance, his throat closed up and his breath was caught between the thought of being with his Lord (Love) and wearing the crown his Lord approved (Glory).

Love and Glory are, in my mind, spiritual giants. And it is beneficial, I think, to consider them as their giant selves, as two beings whose very natures draw people to find hope in meeting them, in being like them, and in attaining their character.

So, I wondered on how Glory and Love first met – because they clearly come as a pair. Who said the first “hello”? Who made the first move? Did Glory look at Love across the room and smile demurely… or was it Love who softly touched Glory’s arm? I think they can’t remember, and I think they are inseparably attached at the hip.

In his book The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis notes: “We are told to deny ourselves and to take up our crosses in order that we may follow Christ; and nearly every description of what we shall ultimately find if we do so contains an appeal to desire.”

It boils down to this: people think it’s selfish to do selfless things for glory. Yet, Christ doesn’t separate the two. It’s selfish not to be selfless, but by being selfless you naturally attain glory. But the glory you attain is not from men. Actually, as soon as you serve, do, give, or speak for the attention and approval of men, it’s game over. All service, doings, givings, and speakings hold no value in Christ’s sight. They don’t matter because they cannot compare to the Glory Christ promises we will one day meet, who is the one my friend was describing alongside his inseparable partner, Love.

It’s not the crown that makes us weep, it’s the God who noticed us, the God who crouches down to set it on our heads. It’s the God we fell in love with, the one whose gaze we meet and whose attention steals our words.

Love and Glory have been walking hand-in-hand since the beginning. Christ can’t wait for you to meet them, and neither can I.

 

by Emily Hasse

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