Promises of Reward

“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward … promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Here we are being encouraged to invest ourselves fully into the promise of a life of utter fullness and abundance, instead of, by contrast, the shallowness and insignificance we so often settle for. And it’s not just fullness in the sense of more of the same, but altogether higher and different. How our hearts are drawn astray to things shiny, thin, and altogether fleeting, when the substance of eternity is well within reach.

Heal our waywardness, oh Lord, and give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to comprehend, I pray.

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