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What Does Heaven Look Like-What Will We Do?
Article by Rain San Martin
A New Heaven
What will Heaven look like and what on Earth will we be doing? One clue in viewing what life may entail in the eternal kingdom of Heaven is to look at the activities that were performed before the fall of man. God also set the example in how he went about his work, as he created for 6 days and rested on the 7th. This pattern may very well stay in place, as work is holy.
As I attempt to put together a loose canvas drawing of what heaven may look like, know that I am specifically referring to the New Heaven and New Earth as written in Revelation 22. This is the new creation God makes after Jesus's thousand year reign here on Earth. It does not take in to consideration the transitional period between death and the new Heaven.
How Will the New Heaven Appear?
We are only given a glimpse of how the heavenly realms kingdom may appear. However God is infinite and is not limited to this particular setting, just as our settings on Earth very dramatically.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-5)
Will We Work in Heaven?
There has been a misconception that in Heaven we will merely fellowship with loved ones and worship God while relaxing in a heavenly meeting place. Genesis gives us clues as to what life will be like. We will be restored to the conditions before the fall of man. Adam and Eve were both given the fulfilling work of tending the garden. Isn't it remarkable that the number one hobby shared by humanity throughout most of history has been gardening! Certain work only became burdensome after the fall of man. Man would have to "work by the sweat of his brow" to provide and the ground would no longer be as fertile.
And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:17-19)
Man is more fulfilled when there is work for which they are needed. Retirement has been proven to reduce life expectancy for men. Women often continue with their meaningful homemaking work (whether they did this very part-time or full-time depending on there career path), therefor retirement would naturally not damage their life purpose perception. Retirement is not mentioned in the bible. Six days we are to work and one day we are to rest, unless the we are physically unable to do so. Following the biblical model this would mean the woman would serve as a helpmate to her husband, manage the household (Titus 2), and possibly care for her elderly parents once the children have grown.
"There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God" (-Ecclesiastes 2:24)
So the answer is yes, we will mostly likely work in Heaven. Using our unique skills. The more diligent you are in this lifetime the more opportunities God may present you with in Heaven.The parable of the talents illustrates that we must use the skills we have so that they may multiply. This story also applies to wisdom in financial investment.
How do you picture heaven in regards to meaningful work?
Bodies-Will We Eat in Heaven?
We will have new glorified bodies:
"There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.
So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”;the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall[ also bear the image of the man of heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:40-58)"
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. (-Philippians: 3:20-21)
Will we eat in Heaven?
CompellingTruth.org assembled a copious collection of bible verses on the subject. We know that Jesus in his resurrected body ate cooked fish. And that we eat from the tree of life. Yet there will be no more hunger or pain. It may be that certain food is for wholesome pleasure. Because we will be without sin, we will no longer be gluttonous. Therefor we will not waste food nor harm our digestive systems by overeating.
Will We Marry in Heaven?
We will no doubt know whom our loved ones are in heaven. We will recognize our parents, children, friends and spouse whom we married. Though we may continue a deep and fulfilling relationship with our spouse from the days of Earth, there will no longer be any need for marriage. There will be no procreating or sexual relations. We will be perfectly content in our daily purposeful missions and fellowship with one another.
"For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven." (Matthew 22:30)
They'll Be No More Sea
This doesn't mean they'll be no more bodies of water however. Only the placid calming river. "Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb" (Revelation 22:1)
Are You Ready for the Day that You will Die?
One thing is certain, we all have finite time on Earth as mortal humans. We want to make sure we have done our best to live a beautiful legacy, leaving our loved ones on Earth with pleasant memories. We should aim to have modeled a good example of kindness and work ethic. De-cluttering your home and handling important paperwork, in advance so that your successors will not have to. Give copies of important family pictures and documents to multiple family members to assure your family history is preserved. Most importantly have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Step #1 Believe that Jesus is the son of God, who payed our sin debt on the cross. Step #2 Repent of your sins. Step #3 Commit your life to the Lord. If you have questions about what it means to be saved Charles Stanley is an inspirational grandfather figure whom can help you on your walk. May you live with passionate purpose!
© 2016 Rain San Martin