In his remarkable essay, The Weight of Glory, C. S. Lewis identifies five promises that Scripture supplies regarding our eternal future: “(1) that we shall be with Christ; (2) that we shall be like Him; (3) with an enormous wealth of imagery, that we shall have ‘glory’; (4) that we shall, in some sense, be fed or feasted or entertained; and (5) that we shall have some sort of official position in the universe – ruling cities, judging angels, being pillars of God’s temple. The first question I ask about these promises is ‘Why any one of them except the first?’ Can anything be added to the conception of being with Christ? For it must be true, as an old writer says, that he who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only” (31).
Do we really believe that? The world today doesn’t. The loudest voice in our society (and tragically, in some of our churches as well) is that he who gains everything else doesn’t even need God. Or perhaps if God really exists, we can throw him into the mix as icing on the cake. Lewis rightly insists that being with Christ is everything, having Christ is everything, enjoying Christ is everything, and if he is all we have, we have it all. Perhaps David put it best:
“I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you’” (Ps. 16:2).
Asaph echoes his perspective:
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you” (Ps. 73:25).