Day 63: What Will We Do In Heaven?

As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants he gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’

When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’

Luke 19:11-17, ESV

 

This parable is a bit different from the more familiar parable of the talents, but it gives us some insight as to what may be awaiting us after this life is over. There are a number of things to glean from this parable, but it's the part where Jesus says, "You shall have authority over ten cities" that I want to draw to your attention.

 

You see, I believe many people have the wrong impression about heaven. That's alright, and partially understandable, because Scripture only provides a few glimpses of what awaits us in eternity, but what is not alright is this false idea that we will somehow be bored. I think that the non- Bible reading world has an idea that heaven will be boring, and that all we will do is sit around on clouds strumming on harps. The other end of the scale has people with the fanciful notion that we will be doing worldly activities like fishing, hunting and going to rodeos. I don't think that either notion is even close.

 

I think that's one of the reasons that Jesus told this parable. In it, we find two men hearing "well done", and then they are "given authority over cities". Now I don't know exactly what that means, but I do know that it gives us an indication that our eternity will consist of important, satisfying work. Whether that means we will have authority over literal cities or if Jesus is just giving us an idea of how vital our responsibility will be, we really cannot know for sure.

 

But we can know that heaven will not be boring, and we can hopefully also see that it will not be some sort of "recess" for adults. God has created us for important things, both here on earth and throughout eternity. Our duty (as always) is to serve Him to the best of our ability. And this service is interesting, important, and anything but boring.

 

Today's reading is from Luke 19.