Devotional: ‘What Will We Do in Heaven?

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People often ask, “What we will do for eternity in heaven?  Will we not get bored after millions, if not quadrillions of years sitting around and doing nothing?” According to scripture, heaven will not be a place of idleness. In heaven we will be given opportunities to serve by which we will worship God. In heaven, the curse that was placed on creation will be removed and we will experience a place not only of praise, but of tremendous productivity. Consider what Jesus said in His Parable of the Talents –

“The master went on to say, “You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Mt. 25:21)

For most people, work is drudgery. When the alarm clock goes off, very few of us shout, “Hallelujah!  It’s time to get up and go to work!” But in heaven, we will not shirk our responsibilities; but instead we will celebrate the opportunity to serve. Before you write me off as being crazy, consider these three truths:

1. Man Worked in the Garden of Eden, Long Before the Fall

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”  (Genesis 2:15) The KJV uses the word “dress it” which actually means {to work, to serve, to labour}. Man worked in the garden, before the fall.

2. Work Became Drudgery, After the Fall

“To Adam God said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.  It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.  By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground,…”  (Genesis 3:17-19)  It was only after the curse that sweat began to appear on man’s brow.

3. In Eternity, the Curse Will be Removed, Permitting Unlimited Productivity

“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.”  (Revelation 22:3)

Though many of us may do all we can to avoid work, scripture teaches us that God created work to be a part of our worship. But what type of work are we speaking of? Is it the duties we perform on Sunday, or does it also include the rest of the week? In closing, consider this passage from the Apostle Paul –

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.  Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.  Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.  (Ephesians 6:5-8)

 

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