Thirty-six days from today I will have a major change in my life.
For the first time in 44 years, I will not be working full time. When discussing this change with my coworkers, inevitably the question will arise, "What will you do with all your time?" This is closely followed by "Won't you be bored?"
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I think when some people speculate about our lives in heaven, they have the same feelings as my coworkers. They are afraid they will be bored. I don't know where the notion of Christians floating on clouds playing harps originated, but I believe it is so false.
Our Lord is an active God, doing so many things at the same time. . .
He maintains all the vastness of creation "upholding all things by the word of His power," (Hebrews 1:3).
He is with every creature who passes, "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father," (Matthew 10:29.)
He is calling all men to Himself.
He is listening and responding to the prayers of all simultaneously.
He is working out His "eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus," (Ephesians 3:11.)
I believe the activity seen in an atom only mimics the activity which occurs in the Trinity: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit working together to maintain all things and to draw all people to Himself.
Why would such an active God lead His children to inactivity? Pictures from satellite telescopes hurling through space reveal a universe so much greater than we ever imagined. Each galaxy contains planets waiting to be inhabited, waiting for new expressions of His glory and majesty. I like to think those planets are waiting for the redeemed to inhabit them. I like to think, too, animals will live on those planets, for as I heard recently, "they are going to need critters."
The Lord will have so much for us to do, but because we will live in redeemed, perfected bodies, we will never tire, never feel weary. Our work will be done in a sense of perfect peace and rest because our God within us is the Prince of Peace and rest.
Just as I have so many things I want to be doing in 36 days, the Lord has an eternity of things for us to do. Mostly, we will be learning more and more of Him, His love, His character, His way. We will never come to an end of that learning, for He is infinite, there is no shore to the ocean of who He is. He will forever have wonderful things for us to do with Him and through Him in our eternal life, things we cannot even imagine in this life.
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."
1 Corinthians 2:9