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Sunday, April 27, 2014

What Will We Do in Heaven?

What will we do in heaven? The author of Between Heaven and Earth says create. The Bible talks about singing a new song and believes we will do everything from writing, singing and painting to gardening, worshiping and dancing. Free from any fear, sin, judgment or constraint of time and space. Our creativity won’t be destroyed in heaven, but perfected. He even wrote, “I sincerely believe we haven’t heard or seen the last of Beethoven, Michelangelo or Shakespeare…”

Victor Hugo the 19th century French poet, playwright, novelist, artist, statesman and author of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame said this about the next life, “I feel within me the future life. For half a century I have been translating my thoughts into prose and verse. History, drama, philosophy, romance tradition, satire, ode and song. All of these things I have tried. But I feel I haven’t given utterance to the thousandth part of what lies within me.”

We will hear music and sing new songs. We always read about Angels and the Heavenly Host singing. Music and heaven are a fit! We will worship - Revelation 5:9 tells us that those in heaven will be from “every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” We’ll be with new people. We will all be worshipping the Lamb together surrounded by thousands and thousands of angels. It’s mind blowing!

John wrote in Revelation 15:3 that they sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:

We’ll not only be singing new worship songs, but some of the old ones too.

We’ll laugh in heaven. In Luke 6:21 Jesus said Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

Someone once wrote “Heaven is the compensation for lost earthly privileges. Heaven is a place for those who weep today to regain the joy that was stolen from them.”

CS Lewis wrote, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”

Also people always ask if there will be animals in heaven. When we read the Bible we see the answer is yes. Isaiah 11:6-9 - The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

This passage refers to the 1000 year reign after Christ comes back. But the author says why would the millennial kingdom be more then what heaven will be?

Billy Graham said in 1999 “God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”

We will also work in heaven. The author suggests there will be building, farming, teaching, exploring, creating and artistry. There are many ways to serve God. The difference between working here and there is, in heaven our work will be completely satisfying. And we will reign with Christ.

Revelation 5:10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”

We’ll have responsibility and authority given to us so we can oversee what God wants done.

Revelation 2:26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations

And in heaven we will relate to God Himself. The greatest thing about heaven is God!

God will be among us. We will have a real relationship with Him. When we get to heaven our faith will truly become sight.

Again: Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  And:

Revelation 22:3-4 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. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.



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