C.S Lewis, who has been one of the most formative influences on my life and thought, wrote,
“To please God…to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness…to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father his son – it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is.”
It is wonderful beyond apprehension to live in the reality that God is pleased with me – not because of anything intrinsically pleasing in me, but because God’s work is infinitely pleasing to Himself. No work of art may boast of itself. It may only boast of the artist.