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7 Things We Will Be Doing in Heaven

When we fully understand that heaven isn’t boring, the next question seems to be, “What will we be doing?” Our resurrected bodies are raised in immortality—incorruptible (Philippians 3:20–21). Everything Jesus has we will have. Our bodies are raised in glory, honor, and power, with supernatural abilities. Our bodies may look similar in heaven, but they will be vastly different in terms of their abilities. They will be infinitely beyond anything we can imagine.

So, with these supernatural abilities, what will we do in heaven? I’d like to suggest seven things:

Create. Revelation 5:9 tells us that we are going to be singing a new song. How does something become new? Somebody has to create it. Newness is the result of creativity, and in heaven, with all its splendor and glory, do you think God is going to give us less creativity than we have on earth? Certainly not!

Hear Music. An 1880s edition of the Baptist Magazine put it this way, “Music is a pattern of everlasting life in heaven because in heaven, as in music, is perfect freedom and perfect pleasure.” We will hear sounds and words we’ve never heard before!

Worship. Heaven isn’t just creativity and music. It’s songs we haven’t sung before with a crowd of people with whom we’ve never worshiped. In heaven there will be people from everywhere (Revelation 5:9) raising their voices in their own languages, yet making one sound and singing songs praising and worshiping God.

Laugh. In Luke 6:21 Jesus says, “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.” Isn’t it good to know in the midst of weeping and brokenness and all of the grief that we go through now that our God is a God who says, “Hey, I’m going to more than make up for everything. There is going to be laughter in heaven like you can’t imagine. C. S. Lewis wrote, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”[1]

Interact with the animal kingdom. Revelation 4:7 tells us, “The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.” If we keep reading (vv. 8–10) we realize that these animals are speaking and giving glory, honor, and thanks to God. Are there animals in heaven? We’re going to be riding horses (Revelation 19:11–14) and listening to creatures and walking with lions. Evangelist 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.”[2]

Work. We tend to shy away from this idea because we don’t exactly know what this “work” is going to look like. Frankly, I can’t help thinking that there are jobs to organize, there are plans to execute; there’s building and farming and teaching and exploring and creating and artistry. Who knows how we’re going to serve Him, but we’re told twice by the apostle John in Revelation that we are going to be serving or continuing to serve God. In that happy place, our work will be without the opposition and problems that come from serving God here on earth.

Reign with Christ. Revelation 5:10 says, “And have made uskings and priests to our God; And weshall reign on the earth.” We are not kings and priests in some sort of passive, uninvolved sense. We are kings and priests who have the privilege and opportunity of reigning with Jesus. We’ll be able to execute His will in certain situations—we’ll have responsibility and authority given to us so that we can oversee what God wants done.

Heaven isn’t about just sitting, in some endless church service. Heaven is a place of kingdom activity. It’s a place abounding with creativity, music, worship and laughter. It calls us to a special work as we reign with Christ and have all His authority.

 

If you’d like to read more about heaven, I’d encourage you to purchase my latest book, Between Heaven and Earth. It not only shares the remarkable eternity in heaven that awaits us, it help us know what we need to be doing while we are still on this earth.

 

 

 



[1] Walter Hooper, Editor, The Business of Heaven: Daily Readings from C.S. Lewis (New York: Harcourt, 1984), E-book edition.

[2] Bill Adler, Ask Billy Graham: The World’s Most Beloved Preacher Answers Your Most Important Questions (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007), 216. (Note: the quote was originally published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, February 7, 1999.)

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