Recently I heard a once popular song again. It’s the one called “Rock n Roll Heaven” where they say “They have a hell of a band.” I seem to hear it whenever a famous (or infamous) rock n roll musician dies. The message in the song gives one the impression that there’s a 24 hour stage show in God’s Heavenly Cabaret populated by deceased rock performers where the beat goes on, forever. Even non— Christians would probably agree that the song doesn’t portray a realistic view of the afterlife, but it does bring up an interesting question. What will we be doing in heaven? Ask that question of a dozen people and you’ll undoubtedly get a dozen different opinions. I know of one minister who believes that he will be playing golf, in heaven because heaven is a place of happiness and peace and he is happiest and feels the most peaceful when he’s playing golf.
First, let us define the place, heaven. We know it is where God and Jesus dwell. “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” (Mark 16:19) Likewise, his throne is also there, “The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven.” (Ps 11:4) Revelation chapters 21 and 22 contain the descriptions of the city of gold, New Jerusalem, the river flowing from out of God’s throne, and the tree of life. Jesus also said in John 14:2 that he was going to prepare a place for us there and that we will be there with him, but as far as what we’ll be doing, there is very little said beyond singing and giving praises, and worshipping Jesus. One modern-day hymn has the refrain; “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.” The apostle Paul in II Corinthians 12 speaks of someone he knew (possibly himself) who was taken up to paradise, which he called the third heaven. There he heard things that were inexpressible and could not be repeated. There are other references concerning heaven such as Jesus telling the disciples that he would not drink wine again until he drank it with them in heaven (Matt 26:29) and that in heaven there is no marrying or being given in marriage (Mark 12:25). These are all interesting aspects of what will be in heaven, but our greater concern should be whether we shall be there to experience it or not. Of the city of gold it says in Rev. 21:27, “Nothing evil will be permitted in it – no one immoral or dishonest – but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” (Living Bible) And that’s the bottom line. Why should we worry about what we’ll do in heaven if we’re not sure we’re going to be there? And if we’re not sure we’re going to be there, now that’s something to worry about.