Live Loved

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, not sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

Revelation 21:4

Assignments in Heaven

You won’t be bored in heaven because you won’t be the same you in heaven. Boredom emerges from soils that heaven disallows. The soil of weariness: our eyes tire. Mental limitations: information overload dulls us. Self-centeredness: we grow disinterested when the spotlight shifts to others. Tedium: meaningless activity siphons vigor.

But Satan will take these weedy soils to hell with him, leaving you with a keen mind, endless focus, and God-honoring assignments.

Yes, you will have assignments in heaven. God gave Adam and Eve garden responsibilities. “Let them have dominion” (Genesis 1:26). He mantled the couple with leadership “over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (v. 26). Adam was placed in the garden “to tend and keep it” (2:15).

Adam and his descendants will do it again. “[God’s] servants shall serve Him” (Revelation 22:3). What is service if not responsible activity? Those who are faithful over a few things will rule over many (Matthew 25:21 niv).

You might oversee the orbit of a distant planetary system … design a mural in the new city … monitor the expansion of a new species of plants or animals. “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7). God’s new world will be marked by increase. Increased planets? Colors? Music? Seems likely. What does a creator do but create?

What do his happy children do but serve him?

[3:16: The Numbers of Hope]

Lord,

You have promised that those who believe in you will live with you forever in heaven. Thank you for the promise of heaven. We will serve you there with great joy and gladness,

Amen.

The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.

[2 Timothy 4:18]

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.

[Psalm 37:7]

Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven or on earth like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before you with all their hearts.

[2 Chronicles 6:14]

~ Max Lucado ~

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