Passage: Revelation 22:1-5
Will we work in Heaven?
To answer this question, it is important we have a healthy and well-developed understanding of what work is.
For most, if not all of us, works is perceived as something we have to do. As a former boss of mine once told me, “If we don’t work, we can’t eat. And if we don’t eat…we die!” He was a great boss, but his view of work was it was something to be endured, an unfortunate fact of life.
However, this is not the picture the Bible portrays of work. Following the creation of Adam, we are told that God placed him in the Garden of Eden for the purpose of “cultivating and keeping it.” (Genesis 2:15)
Human beings were made for work!
It is also important to note that work at that time was a joy. It brought satisfaction and fulfillment and gave a deep sense of purpose to Adam.
But this all changed very quickly. Following mankind’s fall into sin, God declares work will now be – excuse the pun – hard work.
From that moment on work is described as “toil” (the word means sorrow) and would be achieved by hard labour against the elements and the “sweat of the brow.” (Genesis 3:17-19)
Work became drudgery and a frustrating experience.
Nevertheless, God has promised to overturn this. In the new Heaven and earth, as we have seen, the curse of sin will be reversed and all things will be restored to God’s original design for them, including work.
John tells us that those who love Jesus “shall serve Him” there; we will work in Heaven!
I love this description of how it might possibly be:
“Your eternal destiny is not cosmic retirement; it is to be part of a tremendously creative project, under imaginably splendid leadership, on an inconceivably vast scale, with ever-increasing cycles of fruitfulness and enjoyment – that is the prophetic vision which ‘eye has not seen and ear has not heard.’”
Just for a moment, imagine what it will be like to work under those conditions.
I can barely wait!
What is your dream job and what would you like to do in Heaven?