Wednesday, July 23, 2008

C.S. Lewis On Joy

While reading Desiring God I came across a quote by C.S. Lewis from a sermon he gave back in 1941 called "The Weight of Glory." This is the same title given to a collection of his essays. I read it a while back, including this quote, but since my brain only retains about .001% of what I read, coming across the quote is like reading it for the first time. Here is his amazing insight on our pursuits of joy:
If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards 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 the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

Along with Lewis, Piper, and the Scriptures themselves, I cannot stress enough how important our joy is and how it is found fully in God Himself. This requires your time and consideration if you think joy is important to you. God has given you His life--the life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ--for you to know and experience true joy, which is only found in Him. It's time to stop making mud pies, being easily pleased, knowing that the "holiday at the sea" is being offered to us all. Let's be pleased in that which is most pleasing and most enjoyable--God!

By His Grace.

No comments:

Post a Comment