What We Will Do In Heaven
ACTIVITIES IN HEAVEN
Angels with harps do not sit on fluffy clouds singing in choirs as most people believe. Even though heaven is the eternal resting place of believers, there will be activities for us to joyfully participate in. The sarcastic unbelievers have stated that they do not want to go to heaven because it is boring there. Little do they know that heaven is a place of activity and pleasure. Just praising the Lord all day will cure the boredom of any Christian. How marvelous! In heaven we will continue to learn (1 Corinthians 13:9-10), sing (Revelation 15:3), worship (Revelation 5:9), serve (Revelation 22:3), lead (2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 22:5), fellowship with others (Matthew 16:3), and eat (Revelation 2:17).
A Life of Fellowship
If you like going into the presence of the Lord now, then I have good news for you. We will enjoy communion with the Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity — for future unity with Him.
A Life of Rest
Rest does not mean nothingness. The word ‘rest” as we understand it in this instance means deliverance from sin, temptation, burdens, weakness, sadness, hurt, pain, failure, and defeat. We will rest in God’s love and grace and in the pleasure of performing our heavenly assignments. Because of sin in the earth, we were cursed to toil and sweat in a life of work. When we arrive in heaven, we will continue to work, but the agony of labor will be gone. There will be no more time cards to punch, no more clocks to watch, no more bosses to give an account to. We will work without being tired. We will always be refreshed after the toil of the day and of the century and even of forever.
A Life of Service
Our work in heaven will not be thought of as labor but service. We will not suffer the physical pain from the drudgery of work. We will enjoy our work. We will no longer have to endure the curse of work. Assignments are given in heaven according to an individual’s ability to reign and to rule. The work we have been given on earth prepares us for greater rewards and the same type of assignment we will have in heaven. It will be amazing what God is going to make us capable of doing in heaven. Our vision and intellect will be broadened. Our appreciation and understanding will expand. A close study of the following passages will help to explain what type of heavenly work and assignments we will have in heaven. We are to be judges in the re-created world with Christ.
These scriptures prove that saints will judge.
"And Jesus said unto, them, Verily I say unto you, that you which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." (Matthew 19:28)
"Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know you not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?" (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)
The throng of angels are to be judged by us. We shall reign and rule with Christ throughout the endless ages. We shall reign in this created heaven above and over this renewed earth on which we now live. We shall not be passive spectators, just observing, but we shall be an active part of the kingdom of God. We shall have a service to render according to how God has made us and endowed us. As we differ in likes and dislikes, looks, choices, talents, skills, and abilities on earth, so shall we differ in our individual assignments and activities in heaven.
According to Luke 19, some of us will rule over ten cities, and some of us over five cities, but each of us shall have one special assignment. We shall have a place of honor next to the King such as the servant described in Esther 1:14.
We shall be the same persons in heaven as we are here on earth. We shall be known with our own personality and individuality beyond death. Our traits, abilities and talents will be the same; the only thing they will be redeemed and glorified.Mozart will still be Mozart in heaven and be recognized as such. Our talents and gifts shall continue to be developed throughout the ages. In heaven we will be able to complete tasks with ease. There will no obstacles such as time, inopportunity, well-meaning friend or family member, or lack of money to keep us from completing our task.
A Life of Growth
We will not instantaneously know everything when we arrive in our heavenly home. We will spend a lifetime growing in knowledge and growth. Christians will learn facts about God and his plan. We will grow in love. We will learn how to serve God and grow in the ability to serve him.
A Life of Worship
We were created to praise and to worship God while here on the earth, and our worshipping will not cease when we get to heaven. Our worship will be more beautiful and perfect there.
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