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By   •   September 1, 2004

Q:

I know this is probably wrong, but I can't get excited about going to heaven. Eternity is a long, long time, and it all sounds pretty boring to me. Maybe you have a different view.


A:

Yes, I have a much different view—and the reason is because the Bible gives us a much different view of what heaven will be like.

For one thing, the Bible tells us that God will have work for us to do in heaven. We won’t be sitting around, strumming harps, or idly floating around on clouds. The Bible says, “The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the (heavenly) city, and his servants will serve him” (Revelation 22:3). The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what this involves, but I can assure you we won’t be bored!

At first glance, this may seem like a contradiction. After all, doesn’t the Bible say that heaven is a place of rest? Yes, it does; in heaven God’s people “will rest from their labor” (Revelation 14:13). But the difference is this: In heaven, we will never grow tired or weary. Then we will have new bodies—bodies that will never age or grow weary. We will work but never grow tired.

But the most important thing about heaven is that we will be with God. In heaven, we will have all eternity to explore the wonders of His creation and the depths of His love. Yes, in this life we grow weary and bored. But that won’t be true in heaven, which is far greater than anything we can ever imagine. Do you know for sure that you are going there when you die? You can be, by giving your life to Christ today.

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