Here is #10 part 4 of the Top 10 Things I Would Like to Say
Their importance is not necessarily rated, but their order has a flow to it. They move from initial contact to ultimate destiny.
- Absolute truth is based upon empirical, changeless evidence. When followed to its logical conclusion, it must stand the closest scrutiny.
- Debating Evolution vs. Creation does no one any good unless a person is willing to consider that the other person may be right.
- Faith comes by hearing; are you ready to listen?
- Why I believe in Jesus.
- We are designed to create, but not by ourselves. The Spirit wants to create with us!
- Every decision we make shifts our direction, vision, and course. How much depends upon the decision, and how long depends upon our own stubbornness.
- Jesus is Jewish.
- We owe quite a debt to Israel.
- Jesus is coming soon! How do we get ready?
- What awaits us in heaven?
1 Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.
“I am going to prepare a place for you, [and] I will come back and take you to be with me…” John 14:3
#10 What awaits us in heaven? Part 4
What will we do? I believe the activity of heaven can be summed up in five words:
Worship, Work, Create, Explore, and Fellowship
“For the Christians, death is the doorway to the Christ who has defeated death and will swallow it up.” Randy Alcorn, HEAVEN, pg. 439
- Worship– We will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father; we will bask in the radiance of their glory and enjoy the pure love, joy and peace that emanate from their Presence. We will join the countless millions who will be there with us: After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice [either saying or singing]: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-10. How long will we do this? I don’t know. Does it matter? There will be no need to mark time. In the words of Randy Alcorn, “That isn’t all there is to Heaven, but if it were, it would be more than enough.” HEAVEN, page 195.
- Work– We will both rule and serve. What we must remember is that we are returning to earth for eternity. At some point, heaven will be joined with earth–the two will become one again even as it was in Eden, but this time, it’s the entire physical universe. On the fourth day of creation, God separated the heavens, His heaven (the third heaven) from outer space (the second heaven) and our atmosphere (the first heaven); He will simply remove the separation. To Him, it’s no big deal. To us, it’s heaven on earth! There will be plenty to do here as Eden is restored world-wide. Mankind will be back to what we were created to do, which is to tend the garden (Genesis 2:15). Also, Paul mentions judging angels (1 Corinthians 6:2-3), which can mean managing a work detail.
- Create– God created us in His image (Genesis 1:26). God just got done creating the universe; we are like Him, therefore, we are made to create. Don’t worry if you don’t think you have a creative spirit. Anything we do in conjunction with the Holy Spirit is new. We ourselves are new creations. Just thinking and praying is creating, along with whatever the Spirit leads us to do: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17. More than that, everything becomes better and greater in heaven. From Randy Alcorn, HEAVEN, page 439:
“Understanding that our peak doesn’t come in this life should radically change our view of deteriorating health, which otherwise would produce discouragement, regret, anger, envy, and resentment. Elderly people could envy and resent the young for what they can do. People handicapped from birth could envy and resent others for what they can do. But when the elderly and handicapped recognize that their experiences on the New Earth will be far better than the best anyone else is experiencing here and now, it brings anticipation, contentment, consolation, and the ability to fully rejoice in the activities of the young and healthy, without envy or regret.”
[We can say to ourselves,] “I haven’t passed my peak. I haven’t yet come close to it. The strongest and healthiest I’ve ever felt is a faint suggestion of what I’ll be in my resurrected body on the New Earth.”
- Explore– Understanding that we will be like Jesus (Philippians 3:20-21), the idea of thought-transport is not so sci-fy, nor is the concept of exploring the universe that God designed FOR US–renewed, of course. We will also have the entire city of the New Jerusalem to explore and everyone in it to get to know. Then, we have all of earth to explore. As we can see, there will be plenty to do and see, all with hearts full of wonder and delight. We will constantly be thanking God for all He has done–in person, since He will be there with us. Can you imagine Him telling you what He was thinking as He created the giraffe or hummingbird? Speaking of animals, have I mentioned that we will be back in right relationship with them? Robin wants to swim with the whales; I think we will!
- Fellowship– Everyone who trusted Christ as Savior and Lord will be in heaven. The multitude that no one could count includes every Christian– and all who trusted in Him BEFORE the cross, as well. There are verses that tell us that David himself will be prince of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 34:23-24). We will spend eternity getting to know everyone in heaven. The neat part will be that we will intuitively know who each person is when we meet them. Peter, James and John intuitively knew Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:4). Still, that’s a LOT of people. I’m glad we have an eternity to do it, don’t you?
Randy Alcorn makes this statement, HEAVEN, page 440, “I don’t look forward to that [death]. But I do look beyond it. I look first to being with my Jesus, second to being with loved ones, third to Christ’s return and the bodily resurrection, and fourth to setting foot on my eternal home–the New Earth. It makes me want to shout and cry and laugh just thinking about it.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Abba, thank you for such a wonderful inheritance. As I read about this inheritance in the Word, I realize that You are giving us back our world–and a whole lot more! You intended us to be with You and enjoy all of Your creation: earth, space, our home in heaven–even before You created them! It’s been Your plan all along. WOW! It blows my mind how much You must love us! Thank You for the hope we have beyond this life. May we make each day here count for You, LORD. Amen.