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Surpassing Glory

Anchor Devotional - 11.22.15


"For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!"
(2 Corinthians 3:10-11)

2 Corinthians 3:7-11;
Ephesians 1:17-19

My younger grandchildren are easily pleased. A trip to the Dollar Store will still bring them pleasure, and they treasure the smallest trinket or piece of costume jewelry as if it had any lasting value. (I hope that some of what they value is simply the time spent with Nanny going to the store!) I pray that they will learn to treasure that which has lasting worth – like truth, love, faithfulness, justice, mercy, life, goodness, grace – in a word: Jesus. I am convicted that I, too, am tempted to be enamored with too little and to treasure worthless things when I have been shown the riches of Christ and His surpassing glory.

“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” (C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory).

Scripture Focus

2 Corinthians 3:7-11;
Ephesians 1:17-19

Insight

Lord, keep my heart pure from worthless idols and my eyes centered on you alone, so that everything else fades in your surpassing glory!

Read the Bible

  • Ezekiel 23-24
  • Psalm 142
  • 1 Thessalonians 1-2