I’m too curious for my own good! I want to know everything I can about the wonderful God who saved me! Don’t you? I want to know all the details of the early years of Jesus’ life, the parting of the Red Sea, and the tale of Jonah and the whale.
Questions, questions, and more questions.
But one of the biggest questions most of us have is…
What will we be doing in heaven?
I’m no theologian, but God gave me—and you—an imagination. I think it’s ok to theorize what heaven will be like provided our ideas don’t contradict His Word in any way or we assume that our theory is right. If it helps us hang in there when life gets tough by creating a greater longing for our heavenly home, then it’s a good thing.
So here are my thoughts of what true followers of Jesus Christ will be doing and experiencing in heaven.
- No more sinning. Halleluiah!
- Uninterrupted and unhindered fellowship with our Lord and Savior. (See Ps 16:11, Rev 21:3). No longer will our sin or the physical realm prevent sweet communion with our holy God.
- No more need of forgiveness–Since we will no longer sin, there’ll be no need to ask for or give forgiveness.
- Worshipping and serving God with other believers.
- Fellowshipping with other believers.
- Unlimited time to build relationships.
Of these we can be certain. What follows below is my “sanctified imagination” of what we’ll be doing.
Conversing in depth with others
I think a lot of our bliss in heaven will be finding out all the details of biblical stories not recorded in Scripture. Won’t it be a blast to talk with Abraham, Moses, Daniel, and Peter?! To ask them what they were thinking, feeling, and what kept them going? To ask Paul to describe his Damascus road experience.
Then consider how interesting it’ll be to hear comprehensive testimonies of past and present spiritual giants—like Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, C.S. Lewis, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Michael Youssef, and countless others.
Reliving biblical stories
Wouldn’t it be great to watch replays of biblical or historical events, like the parting of the Red Sea? Even better: to actually be there and experience it; to feel the wind, taste the salt air, see the 2 walls of water rise up, and walk across the now-dry sea floor? (I’m not saying that we will actually experience these historical moments. It’s just my vivid imagination running wild! But wouldn’t it be cool if we could?)
Discovering how all the puzzle pieces of God’s beautiful big picture fit together
Right now, by faith, we can know that God is working out all things together for good (Rom 8:28). But in heaven I believe God will show us how He orchestrated all the minute details to make the most beautiful masterpiece with our joined lives; how He used the good, the bad and the ugly for His glory and our good. He’ll show us how our obedience impacted the lives of others for His kingdom—how giving to a missionary led 1000’s to Christ; how praying fervently for a wayward grandson resulted in multitudes knowing and growing in Christ when he became a pastor long after you died.
Recounting God’s faithfulness
We’ll be sitting on the heavenly shore, reminiscing with a friend about those times when we were so dismayed and how God stepped in and did the impossible. Then we’ll burst into singing, “Great is Thy faithfulness…!”
We’re going to be laughing and crying tears of joy and wonder why we ever doubted our faithful God!
Experiencing unbelievable adventures and enjoying life to its fullest
We’ll be able to visit all the places on earth to which we’ve always wanted to go; do the things our bodies won’t allow us to do now, fulfill a lifelong dream, maybe even venture out into space (that’s for you astronomy nuts)! We will have indestructible glorified bodies and no fear.
And of course…
God will be with us every single minute and we will always be aware of His presence!
So my friends, the next time you feel dishearten with life’s difficulties, let your imagination (guided by the Holy Spirit) run wild about your future heavenly home. It will be a real and tangible place—not just one in your imagination (Rev 21:1-3)!
Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Heb 11:16)
I’d love to hear who you would like to talk to in heaven. What would you ask them? What stories do you especially want the details of? Let us imagine together! Please comment below.
Randy Alcorn-50 Days of Heaven: Reflections That Bring Eternity to Light
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible: New International Version®. NIV. ® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.