What is heaven like?
What will we do when we get there?
The Bible has answers to all of that.
In the book or Revelation we read these words that tell us three things about heaven:
“‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.’” —Revelation 14:13
#1 Heaven is a place of rejoicing.
“Blessed are the dead . . .”
As much as we may miss our loved ones who have gone before us to Heaven we need to know that they are in pure bliss.
The Apostle Paul died and went to Heaven and was brought back to life.
No he did not write a book about his experiences.
It seems he could only find one operative word to describe what he saw and heard.
The word he chose was “Paradise”.( 2Cor.12:4)
In His presence, all questions are answered, all tears dried, all pain gone. Paul said he longed to go there—because it is “far better” (Philippians 1:23).
Adrian Rogers, who I had the honor of once meeting is now now in heave., once wrote, “Consider the artistry that God has put into Heaven. In his commentary on the book of Revelation he wrote these words,”The God who sculpted the wings of the butterfly, blended the hues of the rainbow, and painted the meadows with daffodils is the same who made Heaven.”
#2 Heaven is a place of rest.
“That they may rest from their labors . . .”
I really don’t understand people wanting to retire and spend the last portion of their earthly lives in constant recreation. I understand working hard and saving your whole life, but I don’t understand wanting to be on perpetual vacation. It seems to me that the retired Christian now has more time to serve the Lord!
Don’t get me wrong. We can take time off and enjoy it, and we should. Even Jesus took breaks, saying to His disciples, “Come apart and rest for a while” (see Mark 6:31). As the old country preacher,Vance Havner once said, “Come apart and rest a while, or you may just plain come apart!”
But that temporary rest is for the purpose of recharging, in order to better serve God!
Yes, we will have a permanent rest from our labors in heaven. The curse will be gone, and we will no longer have to work “by the sweat of our brow” (Genesis 3:19), but we will still be busy for the Lord! Revelation 22:3 says of our future, “There shall be no more curse . . . and His servants shall serve Him”! Our work is not over when we leave this earth; it continues in heaven and on the new earth. We will have things to discover, work to do, service to be given.
#3 Heaven is a place of reward.
“And their works follow them.”
You cannot work your way to heaven, for it is a gift of God to each of us. However, the Bible teaches that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). You show me a faith without works and I will show you a faith that is not working!
There are rewards waiting for us on the other side because of our faithful service to the Lord. Listen: God keeps meticulous records. Nothing is forgotten! Jesus said in Mathew 10:42, “If you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of My followers, you will surely be rewarded.”
Yes, your “works will follow you.” One day, in your memorial service, your family and friends will talk about your life.
I guarantee that no one will care about how successful you were in business or how much money you had.
People will want to talk about your character, your merciful acts, your love for others.
Make sure you have some “good works” to follow you to that day.
So let’s press forward—continuing to serve the Lord during our short time here on earth, knowing that eternity will be a time of rejoicing, rest, and reward!