Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.”
What do you think heaven is like? How do you picture it?
Do you think you’ll become an angel and just float around with your harp, singing in the clouds without or worry or care in the world? Not quite. People don’t become angels when they die. Angels are angels, as God created them to be. When people go to heaven, they become perfect people who are served by the angels.
Do you imagine heaven to be like your favorite day every day, doing whatever you want and whatever you love, whether that’s hiking in the mountains, flying with the birds, or lying in a hammock on the beach with your favorite drink? That’s not the way the Bible describes heaven either, because heaven is not about you. It’s about God, just as it was always supposed to be. It’s about the God who created you and redeemed you.
Did you see what God says about heaven? Those who are in heaven, “they are before the throne of God.” They live before God. They have access to God. They live in the presence of God – un-hidden, un-divided, un-separated. And they “serve him day and nights in his temple.” They are constantly, continuously, usefully, willingly, gladly serving and praising God, just as they were always intended to do. They’re perfectly fulfilling their God-given purpose. That is a perfectly fulfilling existence.
What is heaven like? The Bible tells us heaven is a lot like life was for Adam and Eve before sin. It’s living in the presence of God and fulfilling the purpose for which you were created. Those are two things you’ve never really experienced before. Both are a privilege. Both are gospel. Both are something to look forward to.
God, let me live for you until I live with you. And help me thank you for it all. Amen.