Is it going to be boring or exciting?
A young man contacted me through social media a few weeks ago because he had a lot of questions about God.
I’ll call him Taylor.
One of the questions that Taylor had was about heaven:
If all we do in heaven is “worship” God and stay with Him, won’t we get bored. Don’t you think eternity would be such a long time? Do we get what we want in heaven?
Taylor kinda has a point. I remember having the same concerns when I was younger.
Taylor had two more interesting questions:
1. Why does God want people to bow down and worship Him anyways?
2. Isn’t that kinda prideful?
You’ll find the answers to these two questions in this blog post.
Plus, you’ll discover 4 truth statements that’ll help you expand your horizons when it comes to heaven.
Don’t miss truth #3 where I compare God to the Mona Lisa. (please don’t stone me yet until you read it)
Does It Matter if Heaven is Boring or Exciting?
If heaven is a boring place, then:
- Your life on earth will be drab because you’ll have nothing to look forward to
- You won’t be motivated to live a godly life
- You won’t tell others about Jesus
And if you misunderstand God and think He’s prideful, then:
- You’ll have a shallow relationship with God
- You won’t be motivated to pray and read the Bible, which are crucial to your spiritual growth
- Satan will have succeeded in putting a wedge between you and God
So yeah, you bet, understanding the truth about heaven and God matters!
When you have the right perspective on heaven and God, you’ll get:
- Reassurance that God is a good God and that He has an excellent plan for your life
- Encouragement to keep moving forward even though things in your life aren’t turning out the way you want
- Inspiration to worship God for who He is, not who you think He is
4 Truths That’ll Help You Understand God and Heaven
For you to worship God the right way and have the proper perspective on heaven, you have to know these 4 truths.
Truth #1 – Your Bible Doesn’t Say You’ll Be Bowing Down to God 24/7 in Heaven
I can’t think of any Bible verses that say you’ll be on your knees, bowing down in front of God, and singing songs for the rest of eternity in heaven.
So if there are no Bible verses that support this, then where does this common idea come from?
It comes from Revelation 4:8–11. The Apostle John writes about what he saw in heaven. This is what he wrote:
The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
‘Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!’
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
‘You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.Revelation 4:8-11
Notice that it’s the four living creatures that are bowing down to God all the time.
The 24 elders lay their crowns before God. You and I will probably do that too.
But notice there’s nothing that says that you’ll have this mechanical interaction with God: stand, kneel, lay down your crown…repeat forever.
That brings you to truth #2.
Truth #2 – Your Definition of Worship May Be Wrong
You might think that worship is when you go to church and sing songs to God.
That’s a narrow point of view on worship.
The Apostle Paul says in Romans 12:1–2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Paul’s definition of worship is much more than just praising God in a church. His definition of worship is giving God all that you have and all that you are.
You’re no longer living for the world; you’re living for Jesus.
Worshiping God is about communion and fellowship with Him.
So even if God does want you to worship Him 24/7, that’s okay.
That’s because when you have the right definition of worship, it puts things in the proper perspective.
But then you might fall into the trap of thinking that God wanting you to worship Him all the time is prideful.
For an answer to that objection, check out truth #3.
Truth #3 – Your God is Way Better Than the Mona Lisa
To understand why God isn’t prideful when He says we’re to worship Him, I want you to think of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.
The Mona Lisa is one of the most if not the most intriguing pieces of art in the world.
It’s gained so much attention because it is a masterpiece of art.
People can go to the Louvre Museum in Paris and stand to admire the painting for a long time.
This is what it looks like to stand in front of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre. It’s a humongous crowd.
The Mona Lisa is such an amazing painting that it causes people from all over the world to want to stare at it for a long time.
No one is forced to stand in front of the Mona Lisa and appreciate it’s charm.
But the thing is that it’s such a beautiful painting that it causes people to want to stand and admire its beauty.
It’s the same way with God. It’s not that you have to worship God. But it’s just that God is such an amazing, grand, and beautiful God, that the natural reaction is for you to worship Him when you’re with Him.
When you stand in God’s presence:
- You can’t help but kneel before Him
- You can’t help but praise Him
- You can’t help but adore Him
God doesn’t make us worship Him. But being in His presence and seeing how amazing He is causes our natural reaction be to worship Him.
Check out what David wrote about God in Psalm 27:4.
Even without seeing God physically, David had a keen appreciation of how beautiful God is.
It made David want to praise God, and to worship Him all the time.
Truth #4 – Your Mind Will Be Blown Away
Nobody knows all the things that you’ll be doing in heaven.
Whether you believe in near death experiences or not, most people agree that heaven is going to be amazing.
Some of the things that you may be doing in heaven (if you’ve put your faith in Jesus and are going there) are:
- Eating (Isaiah 25:6)
- Seeing friends and family (1 Corinthians 13:12)
- Celebrating (Revelation 19:19)
- Worshiping (Revelation 5:13)
Sounds incredible, right?
That’s exactly what the Word of God says about heaven.
Best of all, there’ll be no more sin in heaven.
Wow, that gets me excited!
Here’s what you learned today:
1. The Bible doesn’t say you’ll be bowing down in front of God 24/7 in heaven.
2. True worship is giving God all that you have and all that you are.
3. Just like you can’t help but admire the Mona Lisa when you’re in the Louvre Musem, you can’t help but worship God when you’re in His presence.
4. Heaven is going to be a fantastic place for those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus.Trust God with your life. After all, He gave it to you, and He knows best. Click To Tweet
Tell Someone About How to Get to Heaven
Won’t it be sad if some of your family, friends, and co-workers don’t make it to heaven?
That’s why now that you’ve reached the end of this article, I’d like to ask you to think about one unsaved person that you know.
Invite that unsaved friend, family member, or coworker to lunch.
When you’re out with them, start a casual and relaxing spiritual conversation with them.
Question For You
What’s one thing you’re looking forward to in heaven? Share in the comments because it’ll encourage other people.