We’ll have many desires in Heaven, but they won’t be unholy desires. Everything we want will be good. Our desires will please God. All will be right with the world, nothing forbidden. When a father cooks steaks on the barbecue grill, he wants his family to listen to them sizzle and eagerly desire to eat them. God created our desires and every object we desire. He loves it when our mouths water for what He’s prepared for us. When we enjoy it, we’ll be enjoying him.
One of the greatest things about Heaven is that we’ll no longer have to battle our desires. They’ll always be pure, attending to their proper objects. We’ll enjoy food without gluttony and eating disorders. We’ll express admiration and affection without lust, fornication, or betrayal. Those simply won’t exist.
I tried to express that in my novel Safely Home. When one of the characters reaches Heaven, he has a conversation with the King: “I feel like I’m drinking from the Source of the Stream. Does this mean I’ll feel no more longing?” The King—the Source—replies, “You will have the sweet longing of desire that can be fulfilled and shall be, again and again and again. [Heaven] is not the absence of longing but its fulfillment. Heaven is not the absence of itches; it is the satisfying scratch for every itch.” 
Not long after we finish one meal, we start looking forward to the next. When a fun ride is over, we want to go on it again. Anticipation, desire, is a big part of joy. Since we’ll be resurrected people in a resurrected universe, why would that change?
Christianity is unique in its perspective of our desires, teaching that they will be sanctified and fulfilled on the New Earth. Conversely, the Buddhist concept of deliverance teaches that one day people’s desires will be eliminated. That’s radically different. Christianity teaches that Jesus takes our sins away while redeeming our desires. Desire is an essential part of humanity, a part that God built into people before sin cast its dark shadow on earth. I’m looking forward to having my desires redeemed. (Even now, as redeemed children of God, we get tastes of that, don’t we?)
Won’t it be wonderful to be free from uncertainty about our desires? We often wonder, Is it good or bad for me to want this thing or that award or his approval or her appreciation? Sometimes I don’t know which desires are right and which aren’t. I long to be released from the uncertainty and the doubt. I long to be capable of always wanting what’s good and right.
In C. S. Lewis’s The Last Battle, his characters arrive in New Narnia. Lucy says, “I’ve a feeling we’ve got to the country where everything is allowed.” Augustine expressed a similar thought: “Love God and do as you please.”  We will love God wholeheartedly—and therefore will want to do only what pleases Him.
God placed just one restriction on Adam and Eve in Eden, and when they disregarded it, the universe unraveled. On the New Earth, that test will no longer be before us. God’s law, the expression of His attributes, will be written on our hearts (Hebrews 8:10). No rules will be needed, for our hearts will be given over to God. David said, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). Why? Because when we delight in God and abide in Him, whatever we want will be exactly what he wants for us.
What we should do will at last be identical with what we want to do. There will be no difference between duty and joy.
Excerpted from Randy’s book Heaven.
This is a guest blog by Patricia Shanks used by permission.
The Reverend Billy Graham funeral is what church services used to be and what they should still be like. Today’s church is filled with fluff and stuff and nonsense. Showy and not know-y. People need to dress to respect, act respectfully and get out of their egos, whether in front of or behind the pulpit. Congregational hymn singing. That means people singing audible, meaningful words and uplifting tunes TOGETHER. It’s not corny. It’s not difficult. And it doesn’t matter if it isn’t very good singing. Again, dumping of ego is required. Humility. The church is the people. The church isn’t here to serve the church, however. The church exists to serve Someone else. All but forgotten, it would seem. No matter how large, or how small, the purpose is the point. Three people are a church. Hundreds of people entertaining and assuaging themselves with pap and pablum and the desire to increase in numbers to match the media megachurches is less of a church than is the three with their heads and hearts and hands in the right place.
I hated Juvinile Hall in Los Angeles County back in 1964.
For reasons still not clear my dad had the Long Beach California police department take me away for “incorragable” at the age of 12.
It was lonely and scary. Locked up in a cell by myself I tried to reconcile how this could happen.
It hurt with a pain I can’t describe. I knew my mother was not part of it and was forced to go along against her will.
After several months they shipped me to “camp” where I was locked up another 14 months. Eventually they sent me to the California Youth Authority and state prison at Tracy California. Four and a half years later they let me go.
I was no Angel, but could never figure out WHY all this happened.
But, it did. Which is the point of this blog. People will devastate you with no reason. Leave you alone and stranded at the side of the road. People you know and love and trust. People you would never in a million years think would cast you aside like this.
But they do.
So what do you do about it?
Simple answer. Take it. Just take it. You can’t hit back. You can’t ” make sense of it”. You can’t talk yourself into feeling better about it. Just take it. There’s a REASON all this happened to you. And, contrary to what you may reason, it’s NOT all your fault. There is, in fact, a higher purpose for this. God has allowed this to happen to you. A plan and a purpose high above what you’re capable of understanding at the moment.
Why all the tears? Why all the heartache? Why all the misery?
Because God is going to USE IT for His own good purpose. For OTHER PEOPLE.
Look at (Take your pick) Joseph, Moses, David, Paul, Job, John, and countless others. ALL of them suffered untold sorrow grief misery and pain for God’s purpose. But look at the end result.
Did you think you’re special and will get around God’s plan for YOU to suffer? To meet his good purpose for You? Uhm, NOPE.
Ain’t gonna happen. You will suffer. You will hurt. It will be ugly. It will be THE LAST THING ON EARTH you’ll want to happen. But it WILL happen. How you manage it is the biggest question.
Will remain true to Him? Or will you slink off to take care of it on your own?
People WILL hurt you. And they’ll hurt you BAD , where you really feel it.
I say to you beloved reader, trust God for relief. Trust God to deliver you out of it.
Paul said, I reckon these present sufferings are not worthy to be compared to the glory that will be revealed in us.
I’ll see you on the other side.
With great affection