29 May

When we do something out of duty, or for the reason only of being moral, the words to be used would be “ought” and “must” and often run contrary to “desire”. They shouldn’t, but they do. We are a sinful selfish people who must be told by God what is right and how we should live. But in Heaven, where all sinful and selfish desires will have been completely eliminated, “desire” and “duty” will come together. What we “ought” to feel and think and do will come automatically as an expression of our deepest inner desires.

No one I know of spoke more clearly of this than C. S. Lewis. He said “Here and now, prayer is a “duty,” but will not be so in heaven. He goes on to explain:

“If we were perfected, prayer would not be a duty, it would be delight. Some day, please God, it will be. The same is true of many other behaviors which now appear as duties. . . . To practice them spontaneously and delightfully is not yet possible. This situation creates the category of duty, the whole specifically moral realm. . . . But . . . there is no morality in heaven. The angels never knew (from within) the meaning of the word ought, and the blessed dead have long since gladly forgotten it. . . . This also explains . . . why we have to picture that world in terms which almost seem frivolous. . . . We can picture unimpeded, and therefore delighted, action only by the analogy of our present play and leisure” (C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm pgs. 147-48).

J. I. Packer agrees with Lewis:

“When we are resurrected in our finally perfect state, duty will be a word that we will not need. Thorough going love (admiration, appreciation, valuation, gratitude, goodwill), both to our triune God and to all our glorified fellow sinners, will be the spontaneous, wholehearted, unqualified and indefatigable expression of what we now are. All the thoughts that pass through and come from our minds will have at their center praise to God, all the time and all the way. And it will be fun! – “pure, celestial, transcendent, glorious fun”. We will never have enjoyed anything so much” (Praying, pg. 117).


Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion


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17 responses to “PURE, HEAVENLY, ETERNAL, GLORIOUS FUN!!!!!!

  1. paulfg

    May 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

    ““desire” and “duty” will come together” – beautiful Levi – thank you!


  2. Sue C.

    May 29, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Thanks Levi, you caused a few memories of “groaning through the duty” of doing what the Lord wanted me to do a few times. 🙂 Praise God for His forgiveness.


    • Levi Thetford

      May 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

      I am thankful for His forgiveness many times a day. Without it we would be in trouble. Have a great day Sue!!!


  3. Sheila

    May 29, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Great thought, and so encouraging! Thanks, Levi!


  4. atimetoshare

    May 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

    I can’t wait!


  5. johnmarkmiller

    May 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

    What a refreshing view of Heaven and the Christian life… thanks for this!


  6. scythewieldor

    May 29, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    For about a month, I have been thinking on a line I pray daily: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. Heavenly bodies go through their motions in the most predictable way. It is their duty. They are governed by ordinances/decrees (Jer 31:35, Jer 33:25) just like God’s people are.
    The identities of the things in heaven are easily recognized from generation to generation because they do what their told. Men know their directions and their seasons by the heavenly bodies that behave according to God’s will.
    What if God’s people on earth derived their identity by keeping the decrees of God? Rom 8:18-25? So, I keep praying “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.


    • Levi Thetford

      May 29, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      This would be the ideal, and we should pray it, but in this fleshly body it will never occur until the New Heavens and New Earth I don’t think.


      • scythewieldor

        May 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        I have no justification for any disagreeing opinion. Jesus said to pray it – so I do.


  7. "light and salt"

    May 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    How true are these words, Levi…I wish in my case, however, they were not! The “duty” does get done, but much of the “desire” is lacking. I suppose we all suffer from this syndrome in one way or another…

    Wonderful thoughts in this one, my friend!

    Steve Pejay


    • Levi Thetford

      May 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Duty will remain part of our lot until we are in glory. Another one of Adam’s gifts to us. Hang in there Steve.


      • "light and salt"

        May 30, 2014 at 11:48 am

        So very true! The glory is in the scriptures which says, “just as sin, (death), entered the world by way of the one, so life is given also by one man, Jesus Christ…”



  8. Mel

    May 30, 2014 at 6:51 am

    I love this post! Thank you for sharing!



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