Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Heavenly work

Thought it be fraught with frustrations and insurmountable limitations here in this decaying society and sin ridden world, Work is glorious. It was the purpose of God for mankind to work, and done according to His statutes, God promised to bless it, and to give His abundance thereby.  “Therefore you shall do my statutes and keep my rules and perform them, and then you will dwell in the land securely.  The land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and dwell in it securely," Lev. 25:18-19.
Over and again I've heard statements and even promises about what heaven will be like, and rarely do they include any work. More often I hear "We'll get to rest as much as we want," "People will just be sitting on clouds, playing harps," "We won't have to do any thing hard" and the like. Our time there (if I can use that turn of phrase about eternity) will not be for our own use, but for the unending glory of God. Just as our works here are to give Him praise, as well as our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, we will be created afresh to use the gifts He gives without being hampered by sin and selfish ambition; and it will please Him.
Speaking of heaven with no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain Rushdoony wrote:
What work means in those circumstances is beyond our imagination. We can only dimly guess at it. It will be the unfettered application by man of his dominion under God to creation. It will be the unfrustrated and untainted energy of man applied to creation. It will be man's joyful expression of himself, of the form of the image of God within him, in  terms of his own particular calling and nature. Thus, the new creation, contrary to popular myths, will have very few harpists more than it has now; it will have many of us finding our truest calling in a new world.

R.J.Rusdoony; Revolt Against Maturity, p. 303 Thoburn Press 1977

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