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What Will We Do in Heaven – Is It Only Bowing around the Throne?

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“What will we do in Heaven? Is it only bowing down around the Throne? Does the Bible explain other activities?”

God’s Word presents at least five distinct dimensions of Heaven:

  1. Heaven as the place where everything that is GOOD & PERFECT (James 1:17) actually originates; that means all the amazing sensations of our human lives: sight, smell, taste, touch, emotion, thought, memory, anticipation, and activities are at their supreme level. Think of our sense of sight & smell in perfect form; of taste & touch the same; and of all the delights of anticipation & reminiscence.
  2. Heaven as the place where Jesus said real LIFE finally begins; that means any of the joys, delights, and pleasures of life that are good with be magnified in Heaven. Anything you will ever experience, enjoy, share, and treasure in life that was good, will be BEST in Heaven. Never forget that Jesus created all these amazing pleasures of life.
  3. Heaven is the place that is always portrayed as surrounding a huge, happy BANQUET of feasting on food and drinks, and unhurriedly surrounded by friends; all of the best pleasures of Earth are perfected and magnified in Heaven for us the redeemed (just as all the worst evils of Earth will be endlessly magnified for the lost).
  4. Heaven as the place where everyone that we have ever invested our time, talents, and treasures into, either directly or indirectly, will be SEEKING US OUT, welcoming us by inviting us into their rooms of our Father’s House: to share what the Lord did through us in their lives. That means as we daily surrender to Christ’s living His life through us that: we pray for, teach, lead to Christ, disciple, support in ministry, help through life’s struggles, encourage in the Word, sorrow & sympathize with, plus all whose lives they touch onward for the Lord: comes back to touch us with delightful joy, forever in Heaven!
  5. Heaven is finally the place of the Throne, falling down before God, and joining everyone in the Universe together in worship of His Greatness & Glory. That is what is most portrayed in the Scriptures, but it is not the only element we are taught is a part of our eternal home.

Think deeply about what you know already and apply it to Heaven:

First, Heaven as the place where everything that is GOOD & PERFECT actually originates; that means all the sensations of sight, smell, taste, touch, emotion, thought, memory, anticipation, and activities are at their supreme level. Think of our sense of sight & smell in perfect form; of taste & touch; of experience & reminiscence. Start with me in James 1 as we see this first dimension of Heaven.

James 1:17 (NKJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Today we only partially taste of the joys of Heaven. What are the good and perfect joys of life? Here are just a few to think of with me:

  • The wonders of taste: with all the amazing and almost endless variations of sweet, sour, spicy, tart, smooth, salty, creamy, buttery, citrusy, rich, hearty, herb-infused; the taste of perfectly done fish, perfectly prepared beef, or ham, smoked bacon, corn soufflés, chocolate cakes, cranberry-orange sauces, creamy Italian, basil pesto, hints of peppermint, sage, cilantro, or cloves & ginger. All of those are the wonders of tastesee how each of them lights up memory paths of synaptic connections that GOD created for our pleasure.
  • The wonders of smell: with such endless varieties from the smell of the rain, the smell of the leaves, the scent of roses, the subtle hints of spices, herbs, the smell mowed grass fields, the smell of a cider mill, or a paper mill, and the acrid smell of burning leaves. The soft smells of camp fires, and frying in butter; or better yet the smell of baking bread, cookies, or sizzling steaks. How about all the amazing differences between the smells of fruit, laundry detergents, popcorn popping, subtle perfumes, and sweat after exercises. All of those are the wonders of smellsee how each of them lights up memory paths of synaptic connections that GOD created for our pleasure.
  • The wonders of sight: with all the colors, hues, shapes, and variations. Think of sunsets, storms, and softly falling huge flakes of snow; or think of daffodils just bursting out in their springtime yellows, of tulips, or corn fields, wheat fields, huge oaks and maples, mountains, oceans, beaches. Think about sunrises, harvest moons, the Milky Way, and a night so clear and the stars so bring it seems you could touch them. All of those are the wonders of sightsee how each of them lights up memory paths of synaptic connections that GOD created for our pleasure.
  • The wonders of doing: think about all the things we can do: writing, thinking, planning, learning. Or of  how we can be cooking, baking, sewing, crafting. Or of how we can be skiing, swimming, surfing, skating. Or of how we can go hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping. Or of how we can enjoy painting, woodworking, building, drawing. How about how we can be designing, programming, collecting, studying. Add to that the wonders of discovering, traveling, exploring, and experiencing. All of those are the wonders of doingsee how each of them lights up memory paths of synaptic connections that GOD created for our pleasure.

Conclusion: The best, brightest, most beautiful parts of every dimension of our Earthly life will be exponentially, immeasurably more so in Heaven!

Second, Heaven as the place where Jesus said real LIFE finally begins; that means any of the joys, delights, and pleasures of life that are good with be magnified in Heaven. Anything you will ever experience, enjoy, share, and treasure in life that was good, will be BEST in Heaven. Never forget that Jesus created all these amazing pleasures of life. Turn with me to Matthew 18 where Jesus explains this amazing truth.

Matthew 18:8-9 (NKJV) “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.

Matthew 25:21-23 (NKJV) His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Conclusion: Life with God will be of such a greater magnitude that anything we were aware of or experienced on Earth: that it will seem in comparison that we weren’t even alive compared to our first taste of Heaven.

Third, Heaven as the place that is always portrayed as surrounding a huge, happy BANQUET of feasting on food and drinks, and unhurriedly surrounded by friends; all of the best pleasures of Earth are perfected and magnified in Heaven for us the redeemed (just as all the worst evils of Earth will be endlessly magnified for the lost). For the vast majority of those in Bible times: life was a constant life-long struggle to work to get enough to eat and drink, find a place of shelter to rest, and clothes to wear. So the idea of not working and instead being served at a banquet was almost the greatest possible dream. Everything provided: food, shelter, and raiment. Remember how Jesus describes where we are going? In Matthew 8 Jesus said this:

Matthew 8:11 (NKJV) And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

Revelation 19:9  (NKJV) Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

Matthew 22:2 (NKJV) “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,

Luke 22:30 (NKJV) that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Conclusion: The Scriptures most use the family joys of a wedding banquet where all cares are forgotten, all work is set aside, and every moment is focused upon celebration, satisfying food and drink, and spending time with everyone that really matters in life. Ideally a wedding banquet portrays almost the highest of imaginable joys, and that was how God wished for us to think of Heaven.

Fourth, Heaven as the place where everyone that we have ever invested our time, talents, and treasures into, either directly or indirectly, will be SEEKING US OUT, welcoming us by inviting us into their rooms of our Father’s House: to share what the Lord did through us in their lives. That means as we daily surrender to Christ’s living His life through us that: we pray for, teach, lead to Christ, disciple, support in ministry, help through life’s struggles, encourage in the Word, sorrow & sympathize with, plus all whose lives they touch onward for the Lord: comes back to touch us with delightful joy, forever in Heaven! Remember, when Jesus was explaining what to do with our money, He added this amazing dimension in Luke?

Luke 16:9 (ESV) And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings.

Philippians 4:14-17 (NKJV) Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 (NKJV) For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.

Finally, Heaven is the place of the Throne, falling down before God, and joining everyone in the Universe together in worship of His Greatness & Glory. That is what is most portrayed in the Scriptures, but it is not the only element we are taught is a part of our eternal home. That is what we all have seen, heard about, and thought about. It is the central feature of Heaven, but in no way the only one.

 
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