Will We Have to Work in Heaven? Billy Graham’s Answer

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Q: Will we have work to do in Heaven, or will we just sit around and do nothing?

God never intended for people to be idle and unproductive—on Earth or in Heaven. Heaven is about serving—not ourselves, but Jesus Christ: “The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him” (Revelation 22:3, NIV).

We will have the highest honor of serving God in Heaven, and our joy will be full, because we will reign with Christ forever (Revelation 22:5). The Lord has always been at work—creating, forgiving, loving, comforting, correcting, guiding. And certainly the greatest work Jesus did was not in the carpenter’s shop in Nazareth, but rather, during those three dark hours on the cross, dying for us.

Still today, Jesus Christ is at work in Heaven, interceding for us. Jesus said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working” (John 5:17, NIV).

In Heaven, God observed a day of rest after creating the world in six days—but nothing in the Scriptures indicates He took a day of rest because He was tired. When we receive our heavenly bodies, we will also work and not grow weary. And we will have rest; the Bible says that “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them” (Revelation 14:13, NIV).

God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden in perfect conditions and told him “to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15, NIV). When God created the animals, He brought them to Adam to “see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name” (Genesis 2:19, NIV). If God gave man pleasurable work on earth in the beginning, then the same will be true in Heaven. There will be no drudgery in Heaven.

Heaven is a place of service, and those who are going there long to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant … Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:21, NKJV).

Are you going to Heaven? Know for sure.