Monday, November 9

No Ordinary People

Salvation does far, far more than merely qualify us for heaven (as unbelievably wonderful as that is). It changes the very makeup of every convert of Jesus, transforming them into nothing less than a child of God, "with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereunto." As Paul lays out so beautifully for us in 1 Corinthians 15:42-44:
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. 
C. S. Lewis highlights the degree of such a transformation:
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 can 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 which 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 light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspections 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, civilizations - 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.     
The Weight Of Glory

1 comment:

Daniel said...

Amen, Pastor- A truth to be taken to heart, certainly.