Our American culture seems to have mixed reviews about their expectations of heaven, from conservative Bible thumpers announcing the restrictions for heaven’s entry to non-believing universalists who open the doors for eternal life to anyone “dumb enough” to believe in it. Some even think all we’re going to do is sit around and sing boring church songs all day and night for the rest of time.
L.A.Times columnist and pronounced atheist Joel Stien managed to have his thoughts about heaven printed on a Starbucks cup during their series of “The Way I See It” campaign:
Here’s what cartoonist Gary Larson imagines as he pokes fun at our eternal heaven dwelling with this cartoon:
For everything the Bible says bout Heaven, does it say anything about what we’ll do for forever? Here are nine things I’ve discovered from the Scriptures that we’ll do when we get to Heaven.
- We’ll join in with the worship of God in His full GLORY. The Apostle John describes his sneak peak into eternity in Revelation 5:11-14. God is worthy of worship and we will certainly worship Him a lot in Heaven.
- We’ll be entrusted with responsibilities determined by our stewardship while here on earth. Jesus explains in a parable that we’ll be rewarded with more responsibility if we handle well the responsibility given initially given to us (Luke 19:26). We discover “work” for the first time in the book of Genesis when God gave Adam the responsibility of caring for the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15). In the next chapter (Genesis 3:17) we discover that as a result of sin, work is cursed for man and will be come difficult, stressful, laborious.
- We’ll rest. Revelation 14:13 tells us that “they will rest from their labor…”.
- We’ll eat. Revelation 19:7-9 describes a great wedding feast that we’ll get to celebrate! We’ll eat, although it won’t be because we’re hungry for it says in Revelation 7:16, “Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.” Jesus even said we’ll sit with Him and celebrate the Lord’s Supper with Him (Matthew 26:29).
- We’ll no longer be married. Jesus mentions in Matthew 22:23-33 that we’ll no longer be united in marriage in heaven. Instead, our current marriages are an illustration of the perfect union we’ll enjoy with Jesus as His bride (Ephesians 5:23-32).
- We’ll reunite with loved ones. While we will no longer be united in a marriage relationship, we will certainly enjoy heaven with those we love who are in Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). What a great adventure it will be to worshipfully inhabit and explore the New Earth and new universe, together with old friends and new ones.
- We’ll experience unending joy. Jesus promised in Luke 6:21, “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.” The word “blessed” literally means “happy“. It will be in heaven that the ultimate joy will be finally fulfilled (Isaiah 65:18).
- We’ll enjoy renewed minds and bodies. We will be whole people, full of energy and vision, eager to undertake new projects for God’s glory and our enrichment. The Bible indicates that our new resurrection bodies will be modeled after Jesus’ body upon His resurrection. In John 21:1-14 we see Jesus walking, talking, and eating. In Heaven, we will enjoy bodies like His (1 John 3:2). And those bodies (unlike our current body) will never suffer, break down, or die (Revelation 21:4).
- We’ll enjoy GOD in Heaven. We will see God in all of His splendor. He will be our God and we will be His people. We’ll enjoy His presence. We’ll even see His face! (Revelation 22:4).
I know that I missed some of the things we’ll do when we get to Heaven. I hope this is just enough to encourage you as you look forward to your eternal home. From what you read in the Bible, what else would you add to this list of what we’ll do when we get to Heaven? (Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.) **If this has been helpful for you, I’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts and/or questions in the comment section below.**