We know that when Adam was in the Garden of Eden, he was in a perfect environment, maybe like heaven. While there, did Adam have work? Yes, God instructed him to “keep it.” The Hebrew word is “shamar” which means to oversee, protect, have charge of, or tend to. Because there were no thorns or weeds, his work was joyful and satisfying.
I Corinthians 2:9 tells us that “… No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” We can speculate that what God began in Eden will be completed with work as it was meant to be. Perhaps Eden is a snapshot of what is to come. Adam had work in a perfect setting, not burdensome, stressful work, but rewarding and fulfilling work where he enjoyed good fruit from his labors. As God’s steward, he cared for the garden and named the animals. In this perfect work environment, Adam never got sick, never had a disease, or pain of any kind. His body did not tire or weaken. This is again promised for our eternal sinless state. Revelation 21:4, “And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
In a parable in Matthew 25:21, Jesus said to the faithful slave,“… You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” It would seem safe to sat our faithfulness here on earth has a direct impact on what responsibilities we will be given in heaven.
We know that God is occupied with work as is Jesus who said, “…My Father is working until now, and I Myself am working.” That might be a new thought to you but here’s something to consider. We know that scientists have said that the universe is continually expanding or stretching. Could the triune God be creating new universes, galaxies, stars? We don’t know. What we do know, in our tiny dot called earth, is that we have a God who is constantly at work in our individual lives, answering prayers, leading and guiding us, protecting us, healing us, loving us.
Since we were created in God’s image, work is in our DNA. In heaven, work will never be drudgery but rather exciting and rewarding. Even the angels continue to work for God. Some of their specialties include being messengers and warriors in His kingdom. Angels are often found praising and worshipping as well. And we can’t forget their work as guardians as they protect and direct people on behalf of God.
Another work we will be involved with in heaven is learning. Romans 11:33-34, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor?”
Unlike Hades, where “there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom” (Ecc. 9:10), heaven will be exploding with activity, planning, knowledge and wisdom. We will learn the “…treasures of darkness and hidden wealth of secret places, so that you may know that it is the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.”
We can begin now by storing up good treasure as we study the Bible today. The more of the Word we have stored in our heart, the better prepared we will be for heaven. It will take all eternity for us to grasp the height, breadth, and depth of God’s love for us. We will continually be learning.
So, will there be work in heaven? All indications point to “Yes.” Praising, worshipping, thanking, learning, serving, doing good and sharing plus many joyful, fulfilling, satisfying occupations that are beyond our capacity to even imagine.
(Be sure to check out Parts 1 and 2 on my blog, http://www.betsytacchella.com)