Dream house (3)
Another thing we might think about if we were buying a house is: ‘How close is it to where I work?’ We saw a few days ago that God has a place prepared for us in heaven with other worshippers, so we know where we’ll be and who we’re with, but what about the things we’ll do? Will we have to work? The Bible doesn’t specifically say what work we’ll do, but John’s vision of heaven tells us that the people he saw served God ‘day and night’, so we know we’ll have something to do. We can also look for clues in the first Paradise – the Garden of Eden. In Genesis we read: ‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it’ (2:15 NIV). God created the earth and everything in it, but then He set Adam and Eve the task of taking care of His creation and turning it into a reflection of His glory and power. So one of the ways we might be serving God in heaven is by looking after everything there and using it all to demonstrate our love for Him. After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, God said to them: ‘The ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it’ (Genesis 3:17 NLT). But in heaven, God says: ‘No longer will there be a curse upon anything’ (Revelation 22:3 NLT). That means even though we have to work in heaven, we won’t find the work difficult or boring, and because we’re serving God through our work, we’ll be able to enjoy it too.
Is there a boring or unpleasant task you’ve been putting off? Today, make a start on it. Put your favourite worship music on, and turn that boring job into a time of praise.
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