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Will We Serve In Heaven?

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Some may be alarmed to learn that though an atmosphere of constant su­preme joy will prevail, heaven will not be a place of mere recreation and retirement (Psa. 16:11). One writer, who has depicted heaven as a material kingdom on earth, crudely literalizes by describing it as a place of "partying," with amazing food and fine wine, along with music and dancing. (Lebhar 2006, 297). But the paradise of God is not so, and will rather be a place where the redeemed will continually serve.
John declares that in heaven God's "servants shall serve him" (Revelation 22:3b) and such will be continuous (cf. 7:15). We cannot possibly know all we would like about heaven, but from our presently jaded vantage point, it is difficult to imagine that the thrill of serving God will be so consuming, one will never grow weary of it. How this challenges our dull and unenlightened minds!
In one of his parables, Jesus told of ten servants who were entrusted by their master with money to invest in trading. When they were finally called to account, each was rewarded with responsibility in direct pro­portion to the manner in which he had utilized his preparatory ability (Luke 19:16-19). Considering the context of Jesus' words, can this indicate varying levels of responsibility in the heavenly administra­tions of service and worship? "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 22:3,5).


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