When you come across a person who has wronged you or not been the most polite or happy person towards you…how do you react?
This kind of view was suggested by C.S. Lewis in his famous book, The Weight of Glory.
Lewis wrote, “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. 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.”
Every person you have ever met will one day be an everlasting splendor in the presence of God or an immortal horror separated from God’s presence. Yet, few of us see people through that kind of view. Fewer still love people in light of that potential future.
But if we did love people that way, how might Jesus leverage our love to shape their eternal future?
Before you react or respond stop & think will this help them get closer to Jesus? Could my response make a difference in their eternal life? Is God using me as a crossroad?
What if He is?
Someone loved you and me to Jesus, and we owe everyone we meet the same gift.