What Will We Do In Heaven?
Luke 12:35-37

A. A Final Appointment
1. Woody Allen once said, “I am not afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens!”
a) But he will be there when it happens, just like every other human being.
b) Death is not an accident—it is an appointment
c) Hebrews 9:27-28 – 27 And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, 28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
d) We all have a destiny that nobody, but God can cancel or change.
e) Life and death are in the hand of God, and only He knows our future.
2. Solomon says in Ecclesiastes that we all share a common destiny here on earth — death and the grave.
a) But we do not share a common destiny in eternity!
b) Every person must honestly face “the last enemy” (1 Cor. 15:26) and decide how to deal with it.
c) How we deal with the reality of death reveals itself in the way we deal with the realities of life.
d) The best way to deal with the realities of life is to keep your focus on Jesus Christ and where He is.
e) The key is not to have your focus on death, but on heaven and eternal life through Jesus Christ!

B. Looking Toward Heaven
1. Looking toward heaven is evidence of genuine salvation
a) A preoccupation with heaven is a very good indication that you are saved.
(1) Is heaven where your heart is?
(2) Do you long to be in the heaven?
(3) Do you long to commune with God?
(4) Do you invest as much of your treasures in heaven as possible?
(5) Are your affections set on things above, not on earthly things?
b) A heart set on heaven is a heart set on God.
(1) And a heart set on God is a heart God has changed.
(2) The truest evidence of saving grace could very well be the heavenly focus your life while here on earth.
2. When we understand what the Bible teaches about heaven, it becomes sensible to look toward heaven and set our affections on it.
a) There are many benefits of looking toward heaven:
3. Looking toward heaven produces Christian character
a) Nothing compels us to be what God wants us to be more strongly than the truths about heaven.
b) Fellowship with the Lord through prayer, meditation, and reading God’s Word purges the heart and produces obedience.
4. Looking toward heaven is the truest path to joy
a) If you want to be miserable, focus on this world.
b) If you want to be joyful, focus on heaven. David said that the presence of God gladdens the heart (Ps. 21:6).
5. Looking toward heaven protects us from temptation and sin.
a) One of Satan’s main temptations is to get us to focus on earthly things.
b) But a believer whose mind is on heaven, who longs for full righteousness and the presence of God, is not easy prey for Satan.
6. Looking toward heaven gives us the endurance for our spiritual service
7. Looking toward heaven honors God before everyone.
a) When your heart is set on heaven, you show your love for God to everyone around you.
b) Think on the things of heaven and you will honor God.
c) Think on the earthly things and you will dishonor God by implying they are more valuable than He is.
8. Looking toward heaven pleases God
a) God always sets His heart on us, so we should set our hearts on Him!
b) There is certainly nothing in this world worthy of such attention.
c) David said, “I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness” (Ps. 17:15, KJV)
d) Nothing less than being with God in heaven will satisfy you!

I. What We Will Not Do in Heaven
A. What People Think Heaven is Like
1. What people think we will do in Haven is interesting.
a) Some people think that we will sit on the edge of a cloud and play a harp.
b) Others think that we will do such things as polish the foundation stones of the New Jerusalem.
c) Some think that we won’t do anything at all.
2. In heaven we will not spend our time sitting on the edge of a cloud and playing a harp, or in strolling golden streets, or in picking flowers in a massive heavenly garden.
a) We will be busier than we have ever been, yet will do perfect work and never grow tired.
b) We will each fulfill the inheritance God has given us and yet rest at the ‘same time.
c) God has built into humans a drive to accomplish goals and objectives.
d) One of life’s greatest pleasures is satisfaction over a job well done and in heaven all that we do will please God.
B. Part of understanding what we will do in heaven is understanding what we will not do.
1. We will not sin; therefore, we will never need to confess sin or struggle with it.
a) We will never need to apologize to anyone.
b) We will never experience guilt.
c) We will never need to repair or replace anything, because nothing will wear out.
d) We will never need to help anyone because no one will need help.
e) We will never have to battle Satan or demons.
f) We will never have to deal with sinners.
g) We will never need to defend ourselves against attack because we will never be attacked.
2. We’ll never be sad or lonely.
a) We’ll never be hurt emotionally or physically.
b) We’ll never need to be cured, counseled, or entertained.
c) We’ll never experience anything but absolute joy.
d) We’ll never grieve, because we won’t lose anyone or miss anyone.
3. But what will we do?
a) Although the Bible doesn’t specify what our individual responsibilities will be, it does provide a general description of our roles.

II. What We Will Do in Heaven
A. We Will Worship God (John 4:23; Philippians 3:3)
1. Heaven will be a place of eternal, loving, adoring worship.
e) We will continually praise God with everything we do and say.
f) Our worship will not be at a particular place, because all heaven will be a temple.
g) In fact, God’s purpose in salvation, as clearly delineated in Scripture, was to create an eternal group of worshipers.
(1) John 4:23-24 “23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
(2) Speaking to the Samaritan woman, Christ said, “Such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers” (John 4:23).
h) Philippians 3:3 describes Christians as those who “worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.” In heaven we will have a fuller knowl¬edge of who God is and what He has done than we have now.
i) That deep knowledge of His attributes, deeds, and presence will burst forth in unending praise and we will worship Him even more than we do here on earth.
2. What thrills me most about our heavenly praise is that it will be perfect.
a) Many times I want to praise God with all my heart, but other thoughts crowd in and clutter my mind.
b) Have you ever been praising God when some evil or trivial thought entered your mind, and interrupted your praise?
c) How discouraging to realize how earthbound we are! In heaven our praise will always come out of pure hearts with pure motives and no distractions.
(a) Revelation 4:10-11
(b) Revelation 5:8-14
(c) Revelation 7:9-12
(d) Revelation 11:15-17
(e) Revelation 14:6-7
(f) Revelation 15: 2-4
(g) Revelation 19:1-6
d) In heaven we will worship and praise the Lord!
(1) That’s a strong reason for worshipping and praising God right now.
(2) Our greatest joy will be giving glory to God and it should be our greatest joy today.

B. We Will Have Special Privileges
1. Just think about the generosity of God:
a) “To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7).
b) “He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death” (Revelation 2:11)
c) “To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I Will give him a White stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it” (Revelation 2:17)
d) “And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations” (Revelation 2:26).
e) “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name” (Revelation 5:12)
2. All of these passages speak of special privileges or intimate fellowship with Christ.
a) Whether it is eating, receiving a secret name, or becoming a pillar in the temple of God, all of these speak of close proximity to our Lord in heaven.
b) John Bunyan was right when he said, “He who is most in the bosom of God, and who so acts for Him here, he is the man who will be best able to enjoy most of God in the kingdom of heaven.”

C. We Will Reign with Christ (1 Peter 1:3-4; Romans 8:17; Psalms 2:8; Revelation 22:5)
In addition to worship, we will reign with Christ.
1. A delegated reign
a) In this life every Christian has been given certain responsibilities within the church.
b) Each one of us has received a spiritual gift from God that is to be used to build up one another (1 Cor. 12; Rom. 12; Eph. 4).
2. A perfect reign
a) In heaven we will never fail to meet our responsibilities.
b) I look forward to the day when I will do perfectly everything the Lord gives me to do!
3. A promised reign
a) 1 Peter 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is im¬perishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.”
(1) We have an inheritance in heaven right now.
(2) It’s reserved for us and will never fade away.
(3) It’s imperishable.
b) An inheritance is something you receive from someone else.
(1) In the Jewish context the inheritance is a sphere of responsibility or rule that a father bequeaths to his children.
c) Romans 8:17 says that we are “fellow heirs with Christ.”
(1) The essence of Christ’s inheritance is that He is heir to this world – a sphere of rule.
d) In Psalm 2:8 the Father tells the Son, “Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance.”
(1) Christ’s inheritance is a sphere of authority over nations, demons, and the holy angels.
(2) The phrase “fellow heirs with Christ” emphasizes that we share Christ’s rule over the earth.
(3) We will reign with Christ over the earth.
e) Revelation 22:5 says, “They shall not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and they shall reign forever and ever.”
(1) I do not know what each of our specific duties will be, but we will have authority, we will reign with Christ in Heaven, forever and ever.

D. We Will Serve God the Father (Revelation 1:6; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 21:3)
1. Heavenly service
a) We will have duties to perform in heaven.
(1) In Revelation 1:6 John says, “He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father.”
(2) What do priests do? They serve God.
b) In the Old Testament we read that the priest had a unique relationship to God.
(1) In fact, no common Israelite could go near anything that symbolized the presence of God.
(2) Only the descendants of Levi could serve at the Tabernacle, and out of them only, the descendants of Aaron could serve as priests.
c) Only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies – and then only once a year.
(1) When Jesus Christ died on the cross, the veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom; the Holy of Holies was exposed to everyone (Matt. 27:51) by the blood of Jesus.
(2) God was saying that all who believe in Christ could enter His presence.
(3) Therefore, in the New Covenant every believer is a priest – we all have access to God.
2. In heaven we will not serve each other; we will serve God.
3. In heaven our earthly service will be rewarded.
a) The parables tell us that our service here on earth determines the nature of our service in heaven.
b) The service you will render then is directly proportional to how well you apply yourself here.
c) That is your reward.
(1) We will not wear crowns on our head in heaven because we will lay those crowns at the feet of Jesus.
(2) We won’t have more rooms in our mansion, or a bigger and faster chariot to drive.
d) Your reward in heaven will be your capacity of service.
e) The greater your commitment to service on earth, the greater will be your capacity for service in heaven.
(1) That ought to motivate us to serve the Lord here on earth!
(2) Sometimes people who mean well tell me to slow down and do less.
(3) But all of us ought to spend ourselves here so that we can have the greatest possible capacity throughout eternity to glorify God.

E. We Will Rest (Hebrews 4:1, 9; Matthew 11:29)
1. Hebrews 4:1 speaks of “entering His rest.” Verse 9 declares, “There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God.”
2. Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:29).
3. One of the promises the Lord gives those who believe in His Son is that we will know rest from our labors.
a) However, rest in heaven does not mean to stop serving God!
b) When Hebrews 3-4 speaks of rest for the people of God, it means that we will never be weary, weak, unfulfilled, or interrupted. It is a unique kind of rest.
4. That rest means that the more we serve, the more refreshed we will be.
a) The more we fulfill our purpose, the more we will be refreshed.
b) You will never expend any energy, be out of breath, or slow your step, because in heaven we shall know complete rest for our souls!

F. We Will Be Served by Jesus (Luke 12:35-37)
5. In Luke 12:35-37 Christ says,
35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,
36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks.
37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.
6. Incredibly, Christ’s servant role will continue in the kingdom!
a) It appears as if He shall serve us when we sit down to dinner!
b) Christ exhorts the disciples to be ready for His return, to be the first to open the door to Him when He knocks. “Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them” (Luke 12:57)
7. Serving is not just fit for earth, but also for heaven!
a) The humility of Christ toward us should bring tears to our eyes.
b) God humbled Himself, but we remain proud!
8. We serve as a stepping-stone to greatness, but serving itself is greatness; it is being like Christ.
a) Ironically, if you want to rule with Christ, don’t try to seek this reward by finding a lofty position and using it as a stepping-stone to something greater.
b) Find a towel, a basin, and some dirty feet and take the role of a servant.
c) Within God’s good time, He may see fit to give you greater responsibility.
d) “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:6).
e) Exaltation can only be achieved through humility.
f) It is a great paradox – the very thing we seek, greatness, is found through its opposite, humility!
9. If we wish to be great in the kingdom, we must begin by serving our spouses, our children, and any needy person we can help.
a) We must die to our natural desire to be served and begin to serve.
b) We have to take the initiative in meeting the needs of others.
c) One of the greatest serving of others that we can do is through our prayers and encouragement.
10. We won’t serve each other in heaven the Lord Himself will serve us.
a) How could anything in heaven be greater than that?
b) It is wonderful to think of worshiping Him forever, of reigning with Him forever, of serving Him forever, and of resting forever.
c) Yet most incredible of all is to realize that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords will gird Himself to serve and have His people recline at the table He will serve them!