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A Delightful Obedience

October 5, 2017

The eternal existence of the believer is almost impossible to comprehend. Once in heaven the believer will be eternally unable to sin. God will fulfill His promise through Jeremiah. He will so transform the heart that sin will be unthinkable. In heaven the believer will always delight to obey God.

C.S. Lewis does an incredible job of portraying the Christian’s joyful delight in obedience. In the second book of his space trilogy, Voyage to Venus, he describes the temptation of the Queen, the Venutian Eve. Through her dialogues with two men, one who would tempt her to sin and one who would keep her from sin, Lewis unveils her way of thinking. Obedience is no chore. Nor is it the obedience of an automaton. C.S. Lewis shows an obedience that is genuine and free from the possibility of disobedience.

When trying to understand disappointment the Queen says, “One goes into the forest to pick food and already the thought of one fruit rather than another has grown up in one’s mind. Then, it may be, one finds a different fruit and not the fruit one thought of. One joy was expected and another is given. But this I had never noticed before that at the very moment of the finding there is in the mind a kind of thrusting back, or a setting aside. The picture of the fruit you have not found is still, for a moment before you. And if you wished- if it were possible to wish- you could keep it there. You could send your soul after the good you had expected, instead of turning it to the good you had got. You could refuse the real good; you could make the real fruit taste insipid by thinking of the other.

“It is I, I mystelf, who turn from the good expected to the given good. Out of my own heart I do it. One can conceive a heart which did not: which clung to the good it had first thought of and turned the good which it was given it into no good.

“I thought that I was carried in the will of Him I love, but now I see that I walk with it. I thought that the good things He sent me drew me into them as the waves lift the islands; but now I see that it is I who plunge into them with my legs and arms, as when we go swimming.

“One’s own self (walks) from one good to another, walking beside Him as Himself may walk, not even holding hands.”

When God writes His law in the heart of His people, they will have the internal desire to obey His commands. Obedience will no longer be by external coercion. Though today duty is often absent delight, the time is coming in which the Christian will always delight to do that which is his duty.

Commands will not be eliminated in eternity. Just as God before the fall gave Adam and Eve the responsibility to do that which ought to be done, so in eternity the saved will hold responsibilities. The responsibility will not be a burden but a rich blessing. The heart will not yearn for some other pleasure, but will rejoice in the pleasure currently enjoyed. The flesh will not desire some forbidden pleasure but will entirely delight in the good pleasure being experienced. The redeemed in heaven will walk in the will of God finding the greatest delight in doing all that which God requires.

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