TEXT: Revelation 22:1-5
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 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:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
5 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.
The Free State of Glory (Part 23)
In Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huck describes his caretaker’s description of Heaven by saying, “She called it the ‘good place,’ and said all a body would have to do there was to go around all day with a harp and sing, forever and ever. So I didn’t think much of it.” This is the view of Heaven that many people have. For some, a land of eternal ease after the toil of this life is attractive. For others, everlasting praise and worship sounds boring. But, this is not the view provided in Scripture. Just as Adam and Eve were given work to do in the Garden, the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem will be given work to do in Heaven.
Certainly, there will be a lot of praise and worship as well as a lot of enjoyment. But, John writes, “The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him.” We will not just be sitting around in Heaven taking it easy. We will have work to do. Leon Morris said, “Heaven is not a place of indolent leisure, but a place where service is done, centering on God.” We learned previously that, during the Millennial Kingdom, believers will help administrate the government of Jesus Christ on the earth. It stands to reason that in the New Jerusalem, the center of a whole new heaven and earth, there will be plenty of work to do.
This reminds us that there is divine value in labor. God worked when He created the world. Jesus is working as He prepares a place for us in His Father’s House. Therefore, we are being godlike in our behavior when we work. Of course, work in Heaven will be completely enjoyable. There will be none of the exhausting conditions of this sin-cursed world; no blood, sweat, or tears. Here, we must often set aside pleasure in order to accomplish something. But, there, we will find complete pleasure in our worship of God and in our work for God.
Knowing that we will work in Heaven should encourage us to offer up worthy service to the Lord in whatever work we do on earth.
B.B. McKinney wrote:
When my work on Earth is ended
And I cross the mystic sea
Oh that I could hear Him saying
I am satisfied with thee.
When my work on Earth is ended
And I sleep beneath the sod
There my soul shall sing with angels
‘Round the blessed throne of God
When my work on Earth is ended
And my new work is begun
I’ll gladly serve my Lord
And labor for His holy Son
If you want to live in a place where work is a joy, a pleasure, and a reward, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.