Eternity future is a long time—really long. So what does someone do with all that time in heaven?
In his book, Things Unseen, Mark Buchanan makes the following comment concerning heaven, “It’s the one place where we’re constantly discovering—where everything is always fresh and the possessing of a thing is as good as the pursuing of it—and yet where we are fully at home—where everything is as it ought to be and where we find, undiminished, that mysterious something we never found down here.”
Here are 8 specific things we will be doing in heaven as gleaned from Randy Alcorn’s book, Heaven, and the Scriptures.
1. We will rest from our labors on earth (Rev. 14:13).
2. We will eat, drink and celebrate with Christ and those that know Him. We’ll fellowship, tell stories, laugh, talk, enjoy corporate worship, and interact with God and angels. (Isa. 25:6; Matt. 8:11; Luke 22:29-30; Rev. 19:9). Eating and drinking in heaven will be for pleasure as there will be no hunger or thirst in heaven (Rev. 7:16).
3. We will serve God—which is not a passive state, but indicates activity and creativity.
4. We will exercise authority and leadership (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 3:21; 22:5; Luke 19:17–19; 1 Cor. 6:2-3).
5. We will have our own places to live (John 14:2-3). This is part of a permanent inheritance–an imperishable estate specifically reserved for us (1 Pet. 1:3–4).
6. When we are in heaven, we will welcome others into our homes (Luke 16:9).
7. We will be given a new name that is known only to God and ourselves (Rev. 2:17).
8. We will receive the treasures that Christ commanded us to store up “for ourselves” in heaven (Matt. 6:20).
I hope this post gives you joy as you imagine those you love, who are already in heaven, enjoying their life there. I pray it gives you something to look forward to as you prepare for eternity future. What do you look forward to doing in heaven?
In Him together, Susan Gaddis
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That’s so funny you should post this, just last night I was saying to James, “What do you think we’ll do for all eternity?” I was commenting that Heaven will be much more then a Utopia in which man dreams of having!
To think that God has planned something beyond our imagination–beyond what our senses can fathom or our mind conceive–all because we call Him our Abba-Father! Gives me chills!!
In the bible it reads the dead know nothing. How can they be active in heaven? It also says that the body returns to dust. I believe the breath from God or our spirit returns to God but with out the body how can they experience anything?
Perhaps this post on What Everybody Ought to Know About Heaven and the Scriptures it contains will answer some of your questions, Ken:
Also, the dead who know Jesus experience many things, as evidenced by Moses and Elijah appearing on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus and having a conversation about the coming death of Jesus on the Cross. They had been dead a long time, but present with the Father. They had some kind of body that Peter, James and John could identify as “Moses” and “Elijah” as they were called by their names. Seems that Moses and Elijah knew a lot even though they were “dead.”
Hope this helps, Susan
Absent from the body is present with the Lord.
Susan, I lost my 48 year old son this past November. I’m devastated because he had been out of state for 2 1/2 weeks and had accepted the Lord during that time and he and I didn’t get to see each other and be together before he passed. He passed suddenly and unexpectedly. Will I see and know my son as my son in Heaven and will we be able to talk and be close as Mother and son as we were here?? I’m just so lost without him.
I’m so sorry I missed your comment earlier, Donna. So even though this reply is late, I do want to assure you that you will see, know, and fellowship with your son in Heaven. Jesus met with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration, and the 3 disciples with Jesus recognized them also. Remember too that Jesus told the thief on the cross next to Him that they would be together in Heaven. And, finally, the Scriptures tell us that we will be reunited with our loved ones there. It is a great hope to hold onto.