A lady in my Bible study class asked a question as to whether we will have work to do in heaven. I immediately answered, yes, that I believed we would, to which she replied, “Really! What will we, as Christians, be doing?” I said we will probably do work according to our gifts and we will be full of joy. When I got home, I felt the Lord nudging me to search for a more complete answer. Here is how He led me and what I gleaned from the scriptures.
First, while her question was in regard to heaven, I need to say that we will be spending a thousand years on the new earth before we finally go to heaven for eternity. Revelation 20:6 says, “… they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.” So, our first work will be during the Millennium where we will be priests as we reign with Christ.
What work does a priest do? He offers sacrifices.
What sacrifices will we offer? Obviously, Jesus, as our eternal High Priest offered up the final blood sacrifice, but 1Peter 2:9 calls us, “… a royal priesthood… so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him….”
And Hebrews 13:15-16 adds, “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
It looks like part of our work will be to proclaim His excellencies, to praise, thank and worship Him, and to do good and share. How uplifting that will be! And we get to start that now while we’re here on earth. Once we have attained our immortal, glorified bodies (I Cor. 15), worship will be on a whole new level. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to worship while we’re here. Having shed our body of sin when we pass into eternity, we will fully worship our Creator with abandon as we delight in Jesus. If we hesitate to fully embrace worship while we’re here, will we be prepared to worship Him in heaven? Worship there will be wholly pure and untainted as we love God with all our heart.
I love the promise in Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
More thoughts on this tomorrow….