"'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.' 'Yes,' says the Spirit, 'that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.'"
— Revelation 14:13
What is heaven like? What will we do when we get there? The Bible has answers to all of that.
1. Heaven is a place of rejoicing.
"Blessed are the dead . . ."
As much as we may miss our loved ones who have gone before us to heaven, we need to know that they are in pure bliss. The apostle Paul died and went to heaven and was brought back to life. Paul said he longed to go there—because it is "far better" (Philippians 1:23).
Adrian Rogers, who is now in heaven, once wrote, "Consider the artistry that God has put into Heaven." In his commentary on Revelation he wrote these words, "The God who sculpted the wings of the butterfly, blended the hues of the rainbow, and painted the meadows with daffodils is the same who made Heaven."
2. Heaven is a place of rest.
"That they may rest from their labors . . ."
We will have a permanent rest from our labors in heaven. The curse will be gone, and we will no longer have to work "by the sweat of our brow" (Genesis 3:19), but we will still be busy for the Lord! Our work is not over when we leave this earth; it continues in heaven and on the new earth.
3. Heaven is a place of reward.
"And their works follow them."
You cannot work your way into heaven, for it is a gift of God to each of us. However, the Bible teaches that "faith without works is dead" (James 2:20).
Your "works will follow you." One day, in your memorial service, no one will care about how successful you were in business or how much money you had. People will talk about your character, your merciful acts, and love for others. Make sure you have some "good works" to follow you to that day.
So let's press forward—continuing to serve the Lord during our short time here on earth, knowing that eternity will be a time of rejoicing, rest, and reward!