By Pastor David Goode
First, heaven will not be boring because God is not boring. In Psalm 16:11, David describes the excitement of being in God's presence. He says, "You will show me the path of life, in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." God's right hand is "the position of His favor." I can't imagine that sitting with the "Eternal Creator of the entire universe" will be boring. Can you?
Are we so misinformed that we think that human beings came up with the idea of having fun? Our desire for pleasure, laughter, and joy came directly from the mind of God. He made our taste buds and other nerve endings that convey pleasure to our brains.
The very God some accuse of being boring, designed our capacity for exhilaration! God is the source of everything that we find fascinating in others. Who created great musicians and gave them talent? Who created music? Who invented wit and programmed a sense of humor into mankind?
Because God is not boring, heaven will not be boring.
Heaven will not be boring because we will not be boring. 1 Corinthians 15:51 says we will be changed. Philippians 3:21a explains that when Jesus comes back, He will take these dying bodies of ours and change them into glorious bodies like His own. We will be different in heaven. We will leave our annoying habits behind; we will be conformed to the very image of Christ.
Heaven will not be boring because the people we will find there will not be boring. There will be opportunities to know and fellowship with people from previous eras of history. We will encounter notable people that we would have been friends with a thousand, two, three, four or even five thousand years ago, but couldn't because they lived in a different time. We will have the opportunity to form incredible friendships with Christians from all ages.
Just think about getting to know people like Abraham, Moses, David, Daniel, and the apostle Paul. How would you like to sit and have a meal with your favorite Christian author or singer?
Heaven will not be boring because our work will not be boring. Revelation 7:15 explains that the redeemed (those who belong to Christ) are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple. Revelation 22:3b says, "The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him." Matthew 25:21 says, "Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master's happiness." When we are faithful to God with a few things here on earth, He will put us in charge of many things in heaven.
After Christ returns to earth and establishes His rule over the renewed earth, we will rule and reign with Him for a thousand-year period. This time of peace on earth is called the millennial reign of Christ. Imagine the thrill of being "a civil servant in the kingdom of God on a recreated earth, with Christ as King." This does not sound boring to me! How about you? We will be given jobs to perform that completely match our abilities and desires.
What we create in heaven will last forever. Buildings will not deteriorate and have to be demolished after a few decades. They will last forever. Everything we do in heaven will have the stamp of eternity on it. I believe there will be fulfilling and gratifying work to do in God's eternal kingdom that is well beyond our wildest imagination.
Lastly, heaven will not be boring because it is a place we have always longed for. Romans 8:22-23 says, "For we know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth, right up to the present time. Not only so but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies."
Creation is personified as a woman in labor. The upheavals of nature and the difficult time of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it is not only around us, it is within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us to yearn for complete freedom from the afflictions of our mortal bodies.
Believers in Christ possess the "first fruits of the Spirit," (the Holy Spirit), as evidence of our present salvation and as a pledge of our future inheritance.
Have you made sure that the place you have always longed for will be yours? Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for you, so that where He is you may be also.
Invite Jesus into your heart today. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and then ask Him to come into your heart and be your Savior and Lord.
Contact me with questions or for prayer, or just attend our weekly service and I will pray with you personally.
Pastor David Goode is the senior pastor at Heart of Worship Ministries, which meets on Sundays at 3 p.m. in the arts and crafts room at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 Airoso Blvd., across from City Hall. Column reviewed by Nance Cox.
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